Drink-driver found asleep after crash

A DRINK-DRIVER has had his licence suspended for three years after crashing into a stationary car near the M5 while almost four times over the alcohol limit.

Shane Roynon, aged 38, admitted driving into the back of a BMW at the roundabout for junction 21 of the M5 and failing to stop, to magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse on Monday.

Kellie Marshall, prosecuting, told the court Roynon had drunk ‘three or four pints’ at the Observatory pub in Worle before driving to his parents’ house in West Wick.

When he approached traffic lights on the roundabout he hit another car and she said he drove off without stopping. The car’s rear was damaged but the driver was uninjured.

Ms Marshall said he was then followed by his victim and found by police asleep upstairs, smelling of alcohol.

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She said: “Under caution he said it was only a knock and on the way to the police station he said it wouldn’t have happened had the other driver got out of the way.”

Police officers tested him and found his breath to have 128 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

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Neil Scott, defending, said Roynon did initially stop but drove off in a panic after the ‘relatively minor shunt’.

The court was told that Roynon had been declared bankrupt two years ago and last June his wife of six years had left him.

In the days before the accident she had texted him asking for a divorce and he is currently on anti-depressants.

Roynon, who lives with his parents in The Barton, West Wick, was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid community work in the next 12 months.

Nasor Ali, chair of the bench, said it was a ‘very, very high reading’ as he also sentenced Roynon to pay �85 costs and banned him from driving for three years.

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