Northampton man avoids jail despite being found in his car while five times the alcohol limit

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A Northampton man who was found behind the wheel of his car while almost five times the drink drive limit has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Phillip Sterrett, from South Meadow View in St Crispins, today received a 12 week prison term, suspended for a year, and was disqualified from driving for three years, after he was found drunk and unconscious at the wheel of his car while on bail for a similar offence.

Prosecuting Stella Moses, said police were called to Roundwood Way on November 6, after another driver reported what they suspected to be a drunk driver.

The 34-year-old father was found ‘unconscious’ at the wheel of his car, which was parked next to a T-junction with the engine on. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit.

A breathalyser test showed he had 166 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 milliletres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

During his appearance at Northampton Magistrate’s Court yesterday, the chair of the magistrates’ bench said: “You are a major danger to the public, yourself, and anyone else on the road.”

Paul Harkins, defending, said: “He showed a lack of consequential thinking and proper decision-making skills.”

Sterrett was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85, court costs of £80, and was placed under a 12 month supervision programme and rehabilitation course.