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Ludlow farm worker arrested for drink driving after crashing into a tree
A 24-year-old Ludlow farm worker, who was trapped in his car when it struck a tree, was arrested for drink driving after he phoned for help, a court heard.
Daniel Wellsbury had suffered serious leg injuries in the accident near Diddlebury in June this year.
Magistrates at Telford imposed a three year driving ban after Wellsbury admitted drink driving - his second excess alcohol conviction within 10 years.
Wellsbury, of Rocks Green Crescent, Rock Green, who had been disqualified for drink driving in 2008, was also fined £115 and ordered to pay £85 costs.
Mrs Becky Jones, prosecuting, said that Wellsbury's Ford Fiesta had struck a tree on the B4368 at Diddlebury on June 14.
She said the defendant used his mobile phone around 1.15am to call for an ambulance.
"He was trapped in the driver's seat and had leg injuries and was freed by members of the fire service," she said.
Wellsbury was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and tests showed he had 126 milligrammes of alcohol in his blood. The legal limit is 80.
He was later interviewed by police and said he believed he had fallen asleep at the wheel. No other vehicles were involved.
Mr Shaun Davies, for Wellsbury, said his client had to have metal pins in his leg and knee. As a result of his injuries Wellsbury had lost his job as a farm hand and was still off sick and claiming benefits.
Mr Davies said that his client had been drinking at that time following a split with his partner, but the couple were now reconciled.