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Drink-drive farmer let BMW drop from digger.

Byline: Emma Davison Court Reporter

A FAF RMER who crashed his BMW after drinking returned to retrieve it with his digger.

But Michael Barber then dropped the car on its roof, writing othe PS10,000 vehicle.

He was arrested after his early-hours antics were reported to police and pleaded guilty to a charge of drinkdriving.

His solicitor told Kirklees magistrates that had the 35-year-old's story been a lm script it would have been rejected as being too far-fetched.

Barber, of Crossley Farm in Mireld, was arrested at just before 1am on June 2. Police had received numerous reports from members of the public concerned about a JCB digger carrying a BMW across its forks.

Ocers went to Wellhouse Lane in Mireld where they found the heavily damaged car close to the JCB.

Barber initially claimed that he had been at a barbecue.

He told police that he received a phone call saying that his car had been taken and crashed.

Because of this, Barber said he had decided to go to the scene and retrieve his car.

He was carrying a can of lager shortly before his arrest and police station breath tests showed that he had 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

'is was more than twice the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

Bob Carr, mitigating, said that the car theft was made up by his client.

He told magistrates: "If this had been a script it would have been rejected as too far-fetched.

"He went to a barbecue and had drunk some alcohol, he was going through a narrow lane and had a minor road trac accident.

"'at caused the airbag to deploy and made the vehicle undriveable.

"He decides he can't leave it there, goes home, has another drink and gets his JCB to go and pick up the vehicle.

"A " s he's picking it up he drops it on" its roof, writing it owhich cost him PS10,000.

"Police come and he concocts some cock and bull story."

Magistrates heard that Barber faced a mandatory three-year driving ban due to a similar conviction in 2010.

Mr Carr said that the ban could have 'horrendous' consequences for Barber.

He told magistrates that a ban would leave him unable to carry out his work as a plant hire contractor.

However it wouldn't aect his carrying out tasks on the farm such as scattering hay, magistrates heard.

As well as banning him from the road for three years, magistrates also ned Barber PS150 and told him to pay PS85 costs and PS20 victim surcharge.

Michael |Barber was banned for three years for drink driving after he crashed his car then dropped it when attempting to retrieve it with a JCB

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 23, 2014
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