A serving soldier who crashed his mum’s car the morning after drinking “seven or eight” pints of lager said he feared she would “kill him” when she found out, a court heard.
Connor Robson was driving home from his girlfriend’s house on January 3 when he lost control of the Vauxhall Astra in wet conditions on the A45 near Weedon, just after 6am.
He hit a kerb and ended up on the wrong side of the carriageway, causing front-end damage to the vehicle.
Robson, aged 20, of Derwent Close, Daventry admitted a charge of drink driving at Northampton Magistrates’ Court last week.
His breath reading was 58mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
The court heard Robson is a gunner in the Army, based in Colchester, and had been in line for promotion to Lance Bombardier before the incident.
Stella Moses, prosecuting, said: “He told officers he must have hit a kerb. After questioning, he said ‘my mum will kill me’.
“He had been drinking with friends the previous night. He lost control, struck a kerb and crossed the A45 before coming to a halt.”
Shona Lockwood, mitigating, said any ban of more than 12 months could have caused Robson to lose his career.
She said: “He’s not really a drinker. It did not pass his mind that he could have been over the limit.
“He has been in the Army for four years and has never had any disciplinary issues.”
Robson was banned for 12 months, fined £320, and ordered to pay £85 costs, and a £32 victim surcharge.