Lewis Hamilton wannabe ends up in country lane ditch

PUBLISHED: 09:46 17 May 2011 | UPDATED: 10:39 17 May 2011

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A PEUGEOT 406 is no Formula 1 racing car, but one man who had a drink too many thought he could drive like Lewis Hamilton, before turning over into a country lane ditch near Weston.

Paul Cox, aged 40, left the Plough Inn in Wrington after a drink before getting into his estate car and heading to see his girlfriend in the early hours of April 19.

But on his way to see his partner, the Mark man veered his car off the road in Half Yard in Langford and turned over into a ditch, half a mile into his journey.

When police arrived at the scene at 4.41am, Cox failed a breathalyser test for alcohol and admitted to have been ‘driving like Lewis Hamilton’.

Fire and ambulance crews were also called to the incident, but Cox suffered only a minor back injury and needed no treatment.

At North Somerset Courthouse on Monday, Cox pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving.

In mitigation, the unemployed painter said: “I am very sorry for what I have done, it was stupid of me and I regret it.”

Cox, who lives with his parents in Littlemoor, was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £150 for wasting the time of emergency services.

He must also pay court costs of £85.

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