Wanstead crash leads to driving ban for late-night drinker

A 45-year-old struck a bus-stop in Wanstead with his car after drinking the night before, Barkingside Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday.

Police found the Peugeot car of Walthamstow man Syed Ali resting sideways in Blake Hall Road after being called to an accident.

Ali also struck another vehicle at around 10.30am on December 15, the court was told.

He failed a drink-drive test at Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone with 149mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

The limit is 80mg.

The court was told Ali had no previous drink-driving convictions.

The defendant, who pleaded guilty to driving when over the alcohol limit, said: “I have given up drinking.

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“I made a mistake of calculating the limit.

“The night before I consumed about four or five cans at 3am.”

He was disqualified from driving for 17 months, was fined �150 and ordered to pay �85 costs and a victim surcharge of �15.

His disqualification period will be reduced by four months if he completes a rehabilitation course.