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Drink Driver Insurance report on driver caught out by black box after denying he was driving the vehicle when he wrote of £16,000 vehicle.

After a boozing session with his friend, Thomas Foster got in his car to drive home and hit a curb on the way causing him to collide with a bollard on Coast Road in South Shields.


50-year-old Thomas Foster fled the scene and returned home, but the telematic system that was fitted in his car – a system which records driving style and tracks the movements of a vehicle – had already automatically alerted the police that an accident took place. Police made a note of the registration of the Citroen DS3 and found the address of the keeper Thomas.

According to police reports, the accident occurred on 13 December 2013 around 10:30pm.


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Prosecuting attorney, explained how police went to Fosters home and he claimed to have been in all night with his partner while the car was parked at the back of his home.

Foster then claimed the car must have been stolen as he left the keys in the ignition.

However the police could smell alcohol in Foster’s breath. Foster, of Alverthorpe Street in South Shields, claimed he had drunk alcohol at home, including Jagermeisters and bottles of Budweiser.


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When police questioned his partner, she said that a friend of his came round before they went out to the pub.

After been given a breath alcohol test, he recorded a reading of 77mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – more than two times above the limit of 35mcg.

Foster pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to report an accident to police at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The defending attorney said “Mr Foster simply panicked and tried to make up a story that would never have stood up.

Mr Foster was embarrassed as he tried to explain the incident away when the vehicle had a tracking device installed that automatically alerts the police of an accident taking place.


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The telematic device was designed to record the driving of the vehicle, for motor insurance purposes.

The device can be a good thing as it can help to reduce insurance costs.

But if you have an accident, it is reported straight to the police straightaway.

Foster was banned from driving for 20 months. He was also fined £650 for the drink-driving offence and another £650 for the failure to report an accident.

He was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £65, making for a total court bill of £1,450.


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