Drink-driver smashed into three parked cars then crashed into wall
A DRINK-DRIVER crashed his car into parked cars and a wall while more than three times the legal limit on Christmas Day.
Mohammed Ikhlaq Altaf was held by a group of onlookers while police arrived after his trail of damage in Harrington Street, Derby.
The 34-year-old, of no fixed abode, was driving a Toyota car that first collided with one parked car and came to a halt, Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court was told.
As Altaf reversed, he hit a second car and then a third car as he drove forwards again. The third car hit a fourth, causing more damage, before Altaf drove off.
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The court was told that Altaf then tried to turn into a parking area at a block of flats and collided with a wall.
He was arrested and taken to St Mary's Wharf police station where two separate breath tests showed he had 118 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal drink-drive limit is 35.
Lee Shepherd, prosecuting, said police were called to Harrington Street at 1.30am on Christmas Day.
He said: "A witness was in his bedroom when he heard a loud bang outside.
"He looked out of the window and saw a Toyota Avensis, being driven by the defendant, had crashed into his parents' car, a Nissan Micra.
"It was revving the engine very loudly and the impact had left scratches all down the side of the Micra.
"The car then reversed and collided with a parked Vauxhall Vectra. The witness watched as it went forwards again, hitting a third car."
Mr Shepherd said that, after driving into the wall, Altaf still continued to try to manoeuvre the car.
He said: "It was put into reverse and then went forwards again hitting the same wall. This happened three or four times."
Mr Shepherd said a group of people arrived at the scene and kept Altaf there until officer arrived.
Altaf pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in his body. In his defence, he said he was sorry and admitted it was "an unusual piece of driving".
Magistrates gave him a 12-month community order with a requirement to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work. He was banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay costs of £85 with a £60 victim surcharge.