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Man pleads guilty to drink-driving in Farnborough pub crash

A young man has admitted two charges in relation to a collision between his work van and the Squirrel pub in Farnborough

Pete Addison
A van collided with the Squirrel pub in Farnborough

A 25-year-old man has admitted causing more than £35,000 worth of damage to a Farnborough pub during a collision in January.

Sean Brown, of Hop Garden Road in Hook, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving on Sunday January 19 after the Volkswagen van he was driving crashed into The Squirrel pub , in Park Road, at around 12.55am.

Appearing at Aldershot Magistrates' Court on Thursday March 13, Brown pleaded guilty to one count of driving a motor vehicle while above the legal alcohol limit and one count of aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.

The court heard how Brown had been drinking at a friend's house while watching football and had 'a couple more cans' before leaving.

He was driving in a work vehicle, which he was only supposed to use for business purposes, and the ground was wet from where it had been raining that day.

Brown lost control of the R&R Group Services van as he attempted to turn and it crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with the front of the pub.

He was taken to hospital and a blood sample showed he had 176mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood in his system, more than double the legal limit of 80mg.

Steven Hudson, defending, said: "He has the vehicle for work and has it 24 hours a day.

"Normally it's implied everyone gets to use it a little bit for private use, it's the fact he crashed it."

The case has been adjourned to allow for an all options report to be prepared and Brown will be sentenced at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Thursday April 3.

He has been released on unconditional bail.

 

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