A PLASTERER has lost his job after he injured a woman and her two daughters when he crashed his works van into their car while drunk.
Michael Bohill claimed he did not run a red light when he drove his Ford Transit Connect through the a crossroads in Seaham.
But he admitted to police he crashed into a Seat Ibiza also passing across the junction.
Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard how the 39-year-old and the woman driving the car were both breathalysed by officers.
Bohill’s test revealed he had 70 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath – twice the legal limit.
Debra Jones, prosecuting, said the woman and her daughters, aged 12 and 15, all sustained minor injuries in the collision, which happened at 3pm on September 16.
As Bohill drove out of Castlereagh Road and the woman entered the crossroad from Blandford Place they collided.
Mrs Jones said the woman was certain her light was on green when she headed over the crossroads, where Vane Terrace and North Railway Street also meet.
She said: “Police interviewed Mr Bohill and he made full and frank admissions and confirmed he had been drinking the night before and into the early hours.
“He said he had nine cans of lager, retired to bed and went to work on the Sunday morning.
“He would dispute he has gone through a red light and there has been no charge in relation to that matter, but he does accept there was a collision.”
Bohill, of Kestrel Close, Ayton, Washington, admitted driving while over the limit.
His solicitor Gavin Sword said: “He had been drinking on Saturday night when he was in the house watching a DVD with his partner and drinking cans of lager and more than usual.
“He calls himself a grafter, he is a plasterer, he works very hard and went to Sunday to get a job done for his boss.”
He said Bohill had eaten no breakfast or food while he was working before then heading home from work.
He added because he would no longer be able to drive, Bohill had lost his job.
His relationship had also ended, his dad was recently diagnosed with throat cancer and his mum was unwell after a stroke.
Magistrates banned him from driving for 17 months, which will be reduced to 13 if he takes the drink drive rehabilitation course he was offered.
He was also fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.