Drink Driver In "Wrong Glasses" Claim

A driver who crashed and mounted the pavement told police he could not see because he was wearing the wrong glasses.

A driver who crashed and mounted the pavement told police he could not see because he was wearing the wrong glasses.

But when Kuldeep Singh took a breath test he was nearly four times over the alcohol limit for driving, Luton Crown Court heard.

He then gave a false name and address and failed to turn up at court, resulting in a warrant being issued for the arrest of the man he had named.

Even when the law caught up with 32 year old Singh he came up with another story - that someone else had been driving and run off after the crash, and he had only tried to move the car to stop it blocking the road.

But Recorder Samantha Leigh, who heard evidence about that aspect said: "I completely accept the police evidence and can safely reject everything the defendant has said."

Singh, of Runley Road, Luton was jailed for eight months and banned from driving for three years after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice and driving with excess alcohol and without insurance.

Neil Guest, prosecuting said Singh's immigration status was that he was an overstayer and he will be deported at the end of the sentence.

He said the events occurred in Runley Road on Aug 22 this year, where a Skoda had clipped a car and mounted the pavement.

Police arrived and had a conversation with Singh who said he had driven the car but his eyesight was deficient because he had the wrong glasses on.

A sight test showed he could only read a number plate from 11 metres instead of the legal 20.

A breath test gave a reading of 126, when the legal limit is 35.

It was then he gave a the name of another man living in Runley Road. When that person discovered he was wanted by police he went to the police station and suggested Singh might be the culprit.

Christopher Strachan, defending said Singh had been working as a concrete finisher but lost his job as a result of the offences. He had been remanded in custody when his immigration status was discovered.

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