Drunken driver crashed into parked car in Cirencester

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A drunken driver who crashed his car into the side of a Cotswolds pub climbed out of the vehicle and started kicking it, a court heard on Friday.

Romanian Anorie Aionesei, 22, who was three times over the drink drive limit, then burst into tears, Cheltenham Magistrates were told.

Aionesei, 22, of Meadow Court, Cirencester, pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates Court to driving with excess alcohol in his body.

He had a breath test reading of 108mcgs – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

The defendant crashed his silver Mazda 6 into the side of The Mad Hatters public house in Castle Street, Cirencester at 1.40am on August 15, the court was told.

Said prosecuting lawyer Peter Ashby: “A witness in bed at her home was woken up by the crash.

“She went downstairs to check and saw the Mazda wedged between a wall of the pub and a parked black car. The Mazda’s headlights were on and the defendant was sitting in the driving seat, revving the engine.”

The witness spoke to the driver but he was slurring and not making any sense, the court heard.

“The defendant got out and started to kick the car,” said Mr Ashby.

The landlady of the pub also came out and the defendant tried to give her his car keys but she refused, the court was told.

Police arrived and the defendant refused to take a roadside breath test but he told officers that he was very drunk, said the lawyer.

“And then he started to cry.”

Defending lawyer Caroline Williams said; “My client accepts full responsibility for what happened and did co-operate with police at the police station and agreed to a breath test there.”

The young father of a two-year-old son made a “very silly decision to drive after a party,” she told magistrates.

Aionesei was banned from driving for 25 months, ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and to pay prosecution costs of £85.

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