Lotto lout Michael Carroll banned from driving


Lotto lout Michael Carroll was banned for driving for three years and handed a four month suspended jail sentence today after he was caught driving four times over the limit.

Carroll, 27, who squandered his £9.7m lottery winnings, was spotted driving his blue Citroen Picasso erratically through his local town.

He was followed by a stunned motorist who watched him swerve across the road, bump into kerbs, indicate for no reason and then plough straight over a roundabout.

When challenged Carroll yelled ”do you know who I am” before chasing the terrified driver back through the town.

When the lottery winner was pulled over by police, he was so drunk that he urinated against his own car and then collapsed onto the ground.

Breath tests revealed Carroll had 127mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – which is almost four times the legal drink the drive limit of 35mg.

Heavily tattooed Carroll was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for one year at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He was also banned from the roads for three years, ordered to undergo a six month alcohol treatment order and carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work.

Chairman of the bench Charlotte Paton said: ”For driving with excess alcohol you will be disqualified from driving for 36 months.

”You are going to go to prison for 16 weeks, which is suspended for 12 months.

”You will comply with alcohol treatment for a minimum of six months and you will do 120 hours unpaid work in the community.

”If you fail to comply the next thing that will happen is the suspended sentence will be actioned.”

Carroll was arrested at 6.50pm on Sunday August 1 after he was spotted driving erratically through Downham Market, Norfolk .

When he was confronted by a concerned motorist he gave chase in his Citroen Picasso and sped through the peaceful town.

Carroll was caught when police managed to block his car in and arrest him London Road, Downham Market, for drink-driving.

He was handcuffed to his own vehicle, on which he urinated, before collapsing in the road.

Following yesterday’s hearing relieved Carroll, of Downham Market, Norfolk, described his drink drive conviction as a ”blip”.

He said : ”It was a blip. I packed the bag and thought I was going to prison but I’ve turned a corner.”

Ian Graham, defending, said Carroll could not cope with life after scooping the lottery as a 19-year-old in 2002 yet regrets missing a ”golden opportunity”.

He said: ”Prior to winning the lottery he had only ever smoked cannabis but he was identified and targeted by crack cocaine dealers.

”They also helped get rid of a substantial amount of money and at his height he was spending £2,000 a day on drugs. They bled him dry.

”He has to live his life waking up every day knowing he has blown a golden opportunity. He is revolted by his behaviour.”

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