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Husband supped ‘4 or 5’ glasses of red wine before driving to buy more and hitting a parked car

A drunk driver did not notice he had collided with a stationary car until he was arrested by police, a court has heard.

Christopher Turner pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Friday. The incident took place at Sainsbury’s on Station Road on the evening of April 9.

The court heard a drunk Turner went to the supermarket to buy more alcohol – despite his house being less than a five-minute walk away. After buying some wine, he was spotted pulling out of a parking space by a policeman on duty who yelled at him to stop when he heard a noise. Turner, of Glentower Grove, Seaton Carew, had hit a stationary car but failed to notice.

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The officer checked that everyone was okay in the vehicle before speaking to Turner. He said he could smell alcohol on Turner’s breath and the driver told him he lived around the corner and had been drinking red wine.

The 52-year-old appeared unrepresented in court but said on the day of the incident his family had been in hospital all day as his stepfather was seriously ill.

He said: “We came back at 7 p.m. My wife came upstairs to make some phone calls and I had had four or five average glasses of wine. My wife said she would also like a drink to calm her down. nerves and I just got in the car and drove off.”

Following the incident, Turner underwent a breath test and gave a reading of 103 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. He is a former good character and assured the magistrates that he would not offend again.

Turner – who appeared remorseful in court – was banned from driving for 28 months and fined £1,104. He was also asked to pay £85 in court costs and a victim fine surcharge of £110.

The Seaton Carew resident has been told his ban will be reduced by 28 weeks if he passes a driving course.