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Jail term threat for drunk pub crash driver

Magistrates have told a young man that he faces a custodial sentence after he drove a work van into the Squirrel pub in Farnborough in January

A van hit the Squirrel Pub in South Farnborough

A man who drunkenly smashed a van into a Farnborough pub causing more than £35,000 worth of damage has had his sentencing postponed, but has been told he could face a jail term.

Sean Brown, formerly of Hook and now of Henley Drive in Frimley Green, pleaded guilty last month to drink-driving and aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.

The 25-year-old was due to be sentenced on Thursday April 3 but was told to seek legal representation, as he came to court without a lawyer to Basingstoke Magistrates' Court.

Katie Prince, for the prosecution, told the court how at around 12.55am on January 19 witnesses had heard an engine revving heavily and saw a VW Caddy being driven down the wrong side of Park Road in Farnborough.

The van then smashed head-on into The Squirrel Pub at more than 50mph.

A blood sample was taken from the defendant, which showed he had 176mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood - more than double the legal limit of 80mg.

Ms Prince said the defendant had been driving a work vehicle belonging to R&R Group Services, which he had been only supposed to use for business purposes.

The magistrates had concerned that he not represented, "as he could be looking at a custodial sentence".

Sentencing was adjourned until Tuesday April 22 and Brown was released on unconditional bail.

 

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