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Sat nav sends drink-driver to police station

Prajay Shrestha, 21, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and was disqualified from driving for 17 months

Aldershot Magistrates' Court

An unlucky drink-driver ended up in court after his sat nav took him to a police station car park by mistake.

Prajay Shrestha was caught driving under the influence of alcohol when he pulled up outside Aldershot Police Station in his silver Vauxhall Corsa, a court heard.

On February 10, the 21-year-old receptionist was lost and was looking for a hotel to stay after an evening at a restaurant in Aldershot town centre with his partner.

Serena Edwards, prosecuting, said: “At about 4am officers outside Aldershot Police Station were made aware that a car was in the car park in an area that was closed off.

“The car lights were on and police officers spoke to the driver.

“[Shrestha] was taken through to the police station for a blood test to check if he had been drinking.”

He had driven his car up a kerb, onto a grass verge and was blocking the entrance of the car park, Miss Edwards said.

He measured 158milligrammes of alcohol in 100millilitres of blood - the legal limit is 80mg.

In a police interview, Shrestha said he had travelled from Reading where he lived with his father, to go to a restaurant in Aldershot.

He had three half glasses of champagne and tried to look for a hotel but his sat nav was not working. Shrestha admitted one charge of drink-driving at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (April 10).

'He was lost'

Duty solicitor Jack Beards, defending Shrestha, told the court: “He went to the restaurant as a friend told him it was good.

“He admits he had some champagne in the restaurant, but he was not going to drive home, he was going to get a hotel.

“He travelled a short distance from Victoria Road to the police station in Wellington Avenue.

“He was trying to get to the Travelodge and the sat nav led him to the police station car park. He was lost.

“He was sitting in his car with his girlfriend trying to find the way.

“It was not a good decision.”

Travelodge is located within Aldershot’s new Westgate development, behind the police station.

Shrestha works as an evening receptionist at Travelodge in Reading and lives with his father in Cambridge Street, Reading, the court heard. He does not go out often and normally he does not drink, Mr Beards told the court.

“This was an unusual event,” he added.

Chairman of the bench David Smith banned Shrestha from driving for 17 months. He was also fined £250.

If Shrestha completes a drink-driver rehabilitation programme, he will shave 126 days off his disqualification.

 

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