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Drunk driver struck bollards before arrest

Worcester Editorial 10th Jul, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A DRINK driver crashed into a set of bollards before trying to push his vehicle down the road, a court has heard.

Police received a call on June 7 to say a group of men were trying to move the car on Blackpole Road and that there was an extensive trail of oil where the incident had happened.

Rikki Halion, of Brockhampton Close, was spoken to by officers and initially allowed to leave, before it transpired he was the driver of the vehicle, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (July 4).

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to drink driving after he blew 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Halion was driving home from the pub when he came up behind two cyclists, who did not have their lights on, so tried to weave round them which caused the crash, the court also heard.

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months and was issued with a fine of £208.

Ann Matthews, defending solicitor, said: “This was a very unfortunate event, he did not set out to drink and drive.

“He came across the cyclists with no lights and weaving across the road so had to take evasive actions, and that’s when he hit the bollards.

“He can only apologise and is going to regret it badly.”

Halion was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

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