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Drink-driver smashed into line of cars in Louth

By Louth Target  |  Posted: September 15, 2012

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A DRIVER crashed into a line of parked cars in Louth while drunk.

Benjamin George Franklin, 27, from Crick, Northamptonshire, admitted driving with excess alcohol and without insurance and failing to stop after an accident.

He also admitted driving whilst disqualified from a previous drink driving conviction and possessing a firearm without holding a firearm certificate.

Prosecuting, David Beal told District Judge Lawrence sitting at Skegness Magistrates Court that Franklin had been disqualified for three years in July 2011 at Corby Magistrates Court for a second excess alcohol offence.

On April 29, he and his partner came to Louth on a caravan holiday at Legbourne.

He said that Franklin was driving a Vauxhall Astra car and when he was in Newmarket, he crashed into a line of unattended parked cars.

Both he and his partner ran off but they were followed by a witness who contacted the police who found the couple in a taxi.

Both were arrested and Franklin admitted he had been the driver but claimed he had drunk alcohol since the accident.

A blood sample was obtained and a forensic scientist calculated that at the time of the accident, the proportion of his blood/alcohol level was 97. The legal limit is 80.

When police went to the caravan they were staying at, they found a Logun Axor air rifle which Franklin did not have a firearms certificate for.

He was sentenced to four weeks' custody suspended for two years and disqualified from driving for a further three years.

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  • b_racuda  |  September 16 2012, 7:28PM

    What old fashioned units. Nice to see once again but not very practicable, what Watt.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 16 2012, 11:34AM

    I thought a Logun Axsor has a muzzle energy of 11.5 ft/lbs, so does not need a firearms licence? Is there a suggestion he has modified it, or changed the spelling to increase its power?

  • Adrian1208  |  September 16 2012, 2:18AM

    Disgusting, this man should be locked up for a long time and never to have a driving licence again. Theres no talk of him paying for the damage hes done to peoples cars!!! He is just a good for nothing waster.....

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  • lynnlincoln  |  September 15 2012, 3:50PM

    That's almost alliteration Phillip!

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  • Phil1W  |  September 15 2012, 12:18PM

    A p***head out on the p*** taking the P*** out of the system. He should have been locked up for a long time. Then he could think about the error off his ways while peeing in his prison p***pot!

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  • 917199  |  September 15 2012, 8:43AM

    disqualified for three years in July 2011 for the second drink drive offence, and nows hes gone and done it again! Judge " oh i will just slap another 3 years onto your disqualifcation". Yeah because that will work. The man should never be allowed a licance, or near the front seat of a car.The punishment for drink driving is still to soft......

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