Legbourne businessman avoids jail after collisions while almost three times over the limit


A Legbourne businessman has been given a suspended prison sentence after he crashed his pickup into another car and then flipped over into a ditch while more than twice over the legal alcohol limit.

William George Oliver, 32, of Mill Lane, Legbourne, had admitted at a previous hearing at Skegness Magistrates’ Court to driving with excess alcohol and was appearing for sentence.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said that at 7pm on March 28, Oliver left his home address in a Ford Ranger and in Station Road, Legbourne, he ran into the back of a Vauxhall Corsa pushing it forward 15 to 20 feet and badly shaking the elderly occupants, before overtaking the car, narrowly avoiding another collision with a third car and then hitting a barrier before flipping upside down into a ditch.

Mr Pietryka said the Fire Service, who were first on the scene, saw Oliver walking away from the accident but he returned before the police arrived with a wound on his head which was bleeding badly.

Witnesses said he seemed ‘completely out of it’, Mr Pietryka said.

Oliver was taken to hospital because of his injuries and there supplied a blood sample which showed a reading of 211 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Mitigating, Tim Miller said that Oliver ran a fish farm business which had been started by his father some years ago and travelled around 50,000 miles a year on business.

He said that since the incident, Oliver had spent a month at a rehabilitation centre and continued to attend for monthly visits.

Imposing an eight week prison sentence, District Judge Leo Pyle told Oliver that what took place was an example of ‘what happens when someone who is almost three times the limit and in an angry mood, gets into a car and drives’.

“Your car becomes a loaded weapon”, said the judge.

He suspended the sentence for 12 months and ordered Oliver attend a rehabilitation activity requirement for up to 60 days and attend a drink impaired drivers’ programme.

He was also banned from driving for two years but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course which would reduce the period of his disqualification by six months.

He was also ordered to pay £165 in costs and charges.