Drunk driver escapes with ban

Scene of a crash on Piele Road, Haydock
Scene of a crash on Piele Road, Haydock
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A DRINK driver who smashed his car into an elderly couple’s house has been banned from driving.

David Bracken, 46, admitted drink driving and driving without due care and attention before St Helens Magistrates’ Court last Friday (July 15).

The defendant was charged by police after a blue Ford Fiesta Zetec ploughed into an end terrace on Piele Road, Haydock, on the evening of June 27.

Shocked neighbours told at the time how they heard a “massive bang” shortly before 10pm.

Miraculously, the owners of the house - who are both in their 80s - were uninjured. However both were taken to St Helens Hospital for precautionary check ups.

Young mum Laura Kitts, 23, who lives across the road, was the first neighbour to dial 999.

She said: “I heard a massive bang and then saw a big cloud of dust outside. Just from the sound it made I could tell straight away it was a car crash.”

Once the emergency services had helped the stunned elderly couple out of their home the incident was passed on to St Helens Council, who brought in structural engineers to secure the property.

More than a decade ago a house which used to adjoin the crash property had to be demolished after a fire engine ploughed into it,

Magistrates handed Bracken, of Finney Grove, Haydock, a 12-month community order, during which he must complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to pay £85 costs.