Plymouth man crashed into three cars while over drink drive limit
A MAN crashed a car into three other vehicles while driving dangerously and over the legal limit for alcohol, a court heard.
Stephen Kearney, aged 40, took his partner's Volkswagen Golf and drove for three or four miles across the city, Plymouth magistrates were told.
Kearney was spotted driving at speed and collided with three other cars, before abandoning the vehicle when it ran out of petrol on Tuesday.
Kearney, of Taunton Avenue, Whitleigh, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, drink-driving and driving without insurance on February 5.
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Magistrates warned him their power to send him to jail for 12 months may not be enough. He was remanded in custody to be sentenced by a judge at Plymouth Crown Court.
Eoin McCarthy, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Kearney was drinking wine through the day at his partner's home in Whitleigh.
He added that "for some reason" Kearney took her car keys and drove away in her VW Golf Cabriolet at about 4pm.
Mr McCarthy said the Golf crashed into the back of a car waiting in traffic in Budshead Road.
The motorist then saw Kearney drive past her at speed.
He added a second driver spotted the Cabriolet being driven erratically at speed on the Crownhill flyover.
The court heard the motorist pulled over to avoid any accident.
Mr McCarthy said Kearney was involved in another minor collision.
He added he finally crashed into the rear of a Ford Fiesta in Church Hill, Eggbuckland, before driving past on the wrong side of the road.
Mr McCarthy said the Golf, which had run out of petrol, was left nearby after a drive of about three or four miles.
The court heard Kearney was arrested later at the home of a relative. He was found to have 54 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Mr McCarthy said the cost of putting right the damage to the cars was not known, but was thought to be less than £5,000.
The offences were all committed on bail. Kearney is awaiting sentence for a public order offence.
Julian Jefferson, for Kearney, said: "There is only one issue in his life and that is alcohol."
He added he had been under stress that day because of problems his partner was suffering.
Mr Jefferson urged magistrates to release Kearney on bail so he could be assessed by a probation officer.
But the bench remanded him in custody to be sentenced for all matters on March 8.