Driver jailed over drunken trip to buy cigarettes

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A DRINK driver’s short trip to buy cigarettes landed him in prison.

Anthony Boggie was nearly four times over the legal limit when he crashed into a parked car and veered off the road.

Durham Crown Court heard Boggie came to rest inches from the porch of a house in Barnes Road, Murton.

“The householder heard a bang,” said Liam O’Brien, prosecuting. “She came out to find the defendant’s Renault Scenic on her front lawn, inches from her porch.

“Boggie was trying to re-start the car. She told him not to and tried to get the keys.

“He slapped her wrist and swore at her before making off on foot.”

Police traced Boggie’s address and he was arrested a short time later still making his way home.

Boggie, 34, of Woods Terrace East, Murton, admitted driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop after an accident, both on December 29.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison by Peterlee magistrates on April 4 but appealed against the sentence to Durham Crown Court.

Graham O’Sullivan, defending, said: “He had only driven around the corner from where he was then living to buy cigarettes.

“Mr Boggie regrets his conduct to the householder, and the damage he caused to the parked car.”

The Recorder, Mr Ian Atherton, sitting with two magistrates, substituted the prison sentence with a community order, which meant he was released from jail. His ban for three years imposed by magistrates still stands.