Drink driver jailed for NINTH offence… after carrying friend sprawled on the BONNET


A repeat drink-driver has been jailed for his NINTH offence – after carrying a friend sprawled on the bonnet of a car.

‘Highly intoxicated’ Kyle Farr got behind the wheel of another pal’s Renault Clio and started driving erratically on a housing estate.

Neil Hulbert feared for a girl in the car and stepped out in front of it in an attempt to stop him.

Farr, 27, was also under his eighth driving ban at the time of the offence in Melksham, Wilts., in April last year.

Mr Hulbert ended up on the bonnet of the Clio and then fell to the ground and suffered minor injuries.

Farr was jailed for six months after admitting careless driving, failing to provide a specimen, driving while disqualified and with no insurance.

Recorder David Bartlett also banned him from driving for five years and told him: “You have a truly appalling record of driving.

“This case is the ninth time you have been driving with excess alcohol in your body.

“It is a quite astonishing disregard for the laws of the land and it is behaviour that could have been very dangerous.”

Farr, from Trowbridge, Wilts., is currently in jail serving a 20 week jail term imposed on August 14 for theft and having a bladed article.

His six month sentence will start when his present jail sentence ends.

Chris Smyth, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown court: “He drove in a manner that caused the other occupants concern.

“Realising a friend’s daughter was in the car, Mr. Hulbert made efforts to stop the car. He stepped out to try and stop it.

“There is a question whether he jumped on the bonnet or was pushed up on to the bonnet.

“He did end up on the bonnet as he was trying to stop the car as he was so concerned about the erratic way it was being driven. He fell off suffering minor injuries.”

Tim Hills, defending, said “This was a group of young people who had been enjoying themselves and a car was involved and Mr Farr found himself at the wheel when he shouldn’t.

“As a result of his record and his past he has put himself in a very difficult position. This young man some time, one hopes, will mature and stop doing these stupid things.”


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