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Man banned from driving after drink-drive collision killed family dog

Custody image of William Levell

A man has been banned from driving after pleading guilty to a drink drive offence.

At around 9.40pm on Saturday 18 December 2021, police attended Lower North Street, Cheddar following a report of a collision involving a car and a dog.

William Levell, 78, had driven his Jaguar X Type onto his driveway from the road, colliding with a parked car. He then reversed before driving forward again, hitting and fatally injuring his border collie.

He was arrested after a roadside breath test revealed him to be intoxicated.

A subsequent breath test carried out at Bridgwater Police Station showed Levell to be nearly twice the legal limit for alcohol.

On Monday 10 January he pleaded guilty at Taunton Magistrates Court to driving a motor vehicle whilst unit through alcohol.

He was banned from driving for 17 months and ordered to pay a fine and costs of £379.

Investigating officer, Special Constable Christopher Rees, said: “There can be no excuse for getting behind the wheel intoxicated. This case demonstrates the devastating consequences that driving under the influence of alcohol can have.”

Recent information published by the road safety charity Brake shows that even when someone is only just over the legal limit they are still six times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than someone who has drunk nothing.

If someone is habitually drinking or abusing drugs and driving this can be reported online or by calling 101. If someone is currently driving under the influence of drink or drugs, always call 999.