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Soldier drove wrong way round roundabout
A SOLDIER who caused a car crash because he drove the wrong way round a roundabout has been banned from driving for 18 months.
Samuel Glover, a private with Colchester’s 2 Para, got behind the wheel after learning his girlfriend of five years had been cheating on him, a court heard.
He decided to drive to London in his Vauxhall Corsa to sort things out.
But while on the A133 at Cymbeline Way, he realised he was going the wrong way round a roundabout and collided with another car.
Its driver suffered bruising and whiplash.
Philip Pearson, prosecuting at Colchester Magistrates’ Court, said Glover decided to walk away from the scene after the drive remonstrated with him.
He was arrested half a mile away and later found to have 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol.
Matthew Swash, mitigating, said Glover walked away from the scene as he wanted to defuse the situation.
Glover, 26, of Cantwell Road, London, but based at Colchester’s Merville Barracks, admitted drink driving and failing to stop.
Magistrates also sent him on a drink-driving disqualification course for 18 months but said the driving ban would be reduced by 18 weeks if he attended it.
He was also fined £320, must pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £32.