Learner crashed dad's car after drinking eight beers
A LEARNER driver took his father's Audi car without consent and then crashed it after drinking "seven or eight" pints of beer, a court has heard.
Twenty-year-old Danny Bumster had been watching football and drinking with his dad at the Halfway Inn in Trallwn on August 25.
Swansea Magistrates Court was told he drank "seven or eight" beers before leaving the pub and going back to the house where he lived with his parents in nearby Crymlyn Road.
Later that evening he got into his dad's Audi A4 but almost immediately collided with a Vauxhall Astra on the road where he lived.
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Police were called at 9.20pm and found the damaged vehicles in the road. Anwen Evans, prosecuting, said that initially only the driver of the Vauxhall was present but then a short time later "Mr Bumster returned to the scene".
She added he had told police he did not know why he had been driving his father's car at that time. Unemployed Bumster, who now lives with relatives in Severn Road, Clase, had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention, and driving without insurance or a licence when he appeared before magistrates.
Andrew Evans, in mitigation, said his client had admitted his wrong-doing, and had co-operated with the police — he had even phoned officers to tell them what had happened.
Mr Evans added that his actions on August 25 had had a "drastic effect" on his client's life, and that he was "no longer welcome" at his old address. Bumster was disqualified from driving for 12 months for the aggravated taking charge and 12 months for the driving with excess alcohol charge — to run concurrently.
He was ordered to carry out 100 hours' unpaid work for the community.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs. No separate penalties were imposed for the charges of driving without due care and attention or having no insurance or licence.