Son crashed his mum’s Alfa Romeo into garage after night out drinking in Northampton

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A 21-year-old from Northampton has admitted crashing his mother’s Alfa Romeo into the garage of a house the morning after a night out drinking in the town centre.

Thomas De Garston-Strang, of Louisburg Close, Wootton, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after he was charged with drink driving.

The court heard that De Garston-Strang was found slumped over the wheel of the car after he crashed it into a Ford Ka parked on a drive in Veteran Close, Wootton, at 9am on December 29 last year.

Vicki Walker, prosecuting, said: “The witness heard a noise and saw the defendant had driven into his daughter’s Ford Ka that was parked on the drive and then embedded the car in his garage.”

Police were called to the scene and De Garston-Strang gave an alcohol reading of 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

De Garston-Strang’s solicitor said his client had “little or no recollection of the events.”

He said De Garston-Strang had been out for a night with friends in the town centre and drunk some alcohol and then returned to bed. A short while later he then got up, took his mother’s company car and drove a short distance before he crashed.

The court heard that De Garston-Strang had a previous conviction for drink driving and the latest offence had occurred just one month after he had got his licence back.

The case was adjourned to allow for a probation report to be completed. Magistrates said they were considering a community sentence.