A pajama-wearing driver who was caught woving through Lincoln on three wheels leaving sparks flying from the road, was spared jail after insisting he could not remember getting out of bed.
Dramatic CCTV footage showed Philip Dickens weaving down Lincoln High Street at 3am in his Seat Ibiza with sparks flying from his car before coming to the attention of stunned police officers.
Debris found later indicated Mr Dickens, 28, had continued his journey for over a mile after he lost the wheel colliding with a wall.
He had already driven seven miles from his home in the nearby village of Witham St Hughs before the collision.
“The front offside wheel was missing. There was a wheel on his front passenger seat and it would appear that a member of the public had stopped him and given him back the wheel.”
He failed a breathalyser test producing a reading of 55 mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of breath putting him over the legal limit of 35 mgs.
Mr Scott added: “He said he could not remember anything. He came home had his dinner and drank a bottle of wine. He went to bed at 11pm and the next thing he remembers is being taken by the police to hospital in an ambulance.”
Mr Dickens, an IT worker of Witham St Hughs, Lincs, admitted dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol on 10 March this year.
He was banned from driving for 18 months and given a 12 month community order with supervision and 180 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs.
Judith Walker, Chief Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in the East Midlands, said: “This erratic trip put himself and others in some significant danger. We can at least be thankful that nobody was hurt. Had anyone else crossed his path, the consequences could have been severe.”
Lincoln Crown Court heard Mr Dickens was eventually arrested by a shocked police officer after staggering from his car and setting off on foot towards the city’s railway station.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said: “He was unsteady on his feet, his eyes were glazed and his speech was slurred.
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