Saturday, 21 October 2017

Drink driver banned after 3.40am crash

A DRINK-DRIVER who crashed into three walls and damaged a petrol pump has been given a suspended prison sentence.

A DRINK-DRIVER who crashed into three walls and damaged a petrol pump has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Christopher Goff caused thousands of pounds of damage in the crash on Remenham Hill at 3.40am on July 21. His Audi A6 collided with a 4ft metal railing and brick pillar wall in front of one house and two brick-and-flint walls either side of another house’s drive.

The car then hit a steel barrier and a petrol pump at the Whitehill Service Station next door before flipping on to its side.

Goff, 36, of Ardlui Road, West Dulwich, London, admitted driving while over the legal alcohol limit when he appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

He was jailed for 12 weeks, suspended for a year, ordered to carry out 300 hours of community work within the next year and told to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

He was also banned from driving for 30 months, although this could be reduced by 30 weeks if he completes a driver rehabilitation course.

Richard Owen, who lives at one house with his wife Lucy, said Goff had “got what he deserved”. He said: “In some ways, I’m pleased he hasn’t gone to prison for his sake but at the same time he could have easily killed someone so I’m glad the punishment is quite tough.

“He has to count himself lucky that, firstly, he didn’t get a fine and, secondly, that he walked away from the crash without any injuries.

“Having crashed through three walls and ended up on his side in a petrol station, it could have been far worse.

“I’m sure he will have learned his lesson and hopefully it will be a lesson to other people thinking about drinking and driving.”

“From our point of view it’s frustrating because we were about to put the house on the market and sell it but we have had to put all those plans on hold.”

Emily Forrester, 23, who witnessed the crash, felt Goff’s sentence was lenient.

She said: “It doesn’t sound like very much. I didn’t know what to expect although probably not a prison sentence because of what the law is like in this country.

“It was definitely his fault and a lot of damage was caused. People keep commenting on the fact the wall in front of our house has gone.”

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