STFC groundsman crashed car while over the drink drive limit

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MAGISTRATES warned a drink driver who crashed his car while more than three times the legal limit that he will go to jail if he reoffends.

Swindon Town groundsman Marcus David Cassidy drove out of a garage in Stroud and into gates before walking away with a bottle of wine, magistrates heard.

Cassidy, 32, was already banned from the road for three years for drink driving, but got behind the wheel on October 20, Stroud Magistrates' Court heard.

"He bought a bottle of wine in the garage and got in his car," said prosecutor Peter Ashby. "While driving away he lost control and collided with a large metal gate to a driveway."

Police, who were called by a witness who saw Cassidy walking off with a bottle of red wine, quickly tracked him down.

"I'm told he showed genuine remorse," said Mr Ashby.

He gave a breath test reading of 114 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Cassidy, formerly of Queens Road, Stonehouse, but now of Cainscross, admitted drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving with no insurance.

Last year he had eight points put on his licence for failing to stop and report an accident, then was banned for 36 months for drink driving.

Lucy Beales, defending, said he was an alcoholic who had abstained for eight months, but was celebrating completing a probation order.

"Quite ironically, he was celebrating with alcohol," she said. "He realises the seriousness of what he has done and is very remorseful."

Bench chairman Jeffrey McNally put Cassidy under a 7pm to 5.30am curfew for 12 weeks, except when Swindon Town play on Saturdays and Tuesdays, and banned him from driving for four years.

He was also jailed for eight weeks, suspended for 12 months for each offence, and must complete a 12- month supervision order.

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