Drink driver angry over ‘bad date’ left four injured after head-on crash


A motorist who careered head-on into a car, injuring four people, blamed a “bad date” for driving while more than three times over the limit.

Martin Newton, who had to be cut free from his own Mercedes following the smash, hit the bottle after a planned romantic evening ended in bickering.

It is not the first time that the 38-year-old, from Dickens Heath in Solihull, has played fast and loose with the drink-driving laws.

He was banned for being over the limit and having no insurance in 2005.

As Newton came round a Birmingham Road bend by The Boot Inn pub in Mappleborough Green, he drifted onto the wrong side of the road.

He veered into the path of the other car at 11pm, crashing into the vehicle head-on, then ploughing into a garden wall.

The driver of the car he hit, and one of his passengers, had to be taken to hospital by ambulance. Two other passengers were bruised and in shock.

The Vauxhall Insignia they had been travelling in was written off, and the road had to be closed following the accident near Studley on 2nd February.

At Leamington Magistrates Court this week, Newton, a logistics manager for DHL, apologised for his actions which he admitted was an act of stupidity that could have had much more serious consequences.

“I was going through a seriously bad patch in my life,” he said.

“I know what I’ve done is completely wrong and I’m totally ashamed.”

Newton admitted drink-driving and was banned from driving for two years, handed a 12-month community order which will see him carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, and agreed to attend a drink-drive awareness course.

A breath-test revealed Newton had 107 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

A member of the probation service who interviewed Newton at court said: “Prior to the offence he committed, he went out for a date which he considered as being quite bad. They argued.”

He drowned his sorrows, she said, then foolishly decided to drive.

Newton must also pay court costs of £135 and an £85 victim surcharge.

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