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Trowbridge drink-driver with eight previous convictions jailed
3:42pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Trowbridge
A repeat drink driver has been jailed for six months after a court heard how he drove with a man sprawled on his bonnet, despite being banned from road.
Kyle Farr, who has eight previous convictions for driving with excess alcohol, was thought to be heavily drunk when he got behind the wheel of a pal's car.
And when Neil Hulbert saw the daughter of one of his friends was a passenger in the car he tried to stop the 27-year-old from driving away.
After failing to prevent Farr from moving off by waving his arms, he stepped out in front of the Renault Clio before ending up on top of it.
Chris Smyth, prosecuting, told Swindon crown court that Farr was subject to a number of driving bans when the incident took place on Tuesday April 10 last year.
He said the defendant was 'highly intoxicated' when he was driving the car belonging to friend Rhys Kite in the Little John Avenue area of Melksham .
"He drove in a manner that caused the other occupants concern, Mr Hulbert also seeing it driven in an erratic manner," he said.
"Realising a friend's daughter was in the car he made efforts to stop the car. He stepped out to try and stop it.
"There is a question whether he jumped on the bonnet or was pushed up on to the bonnet.
"He did end up on the bonnet as he was trying to stop the car as he was so concerned about the erratic way it was being driven. He fell off suffering minor injuries."
Farr admitted careless driving on Little John Avenue, Awdry Avenue, Methuen Road, and Church Lane.
The defendant, formerly of Wood Lane, Chippenham, but now of Drinkwater Court, Trowbridge, also admitted failing to provide a specimen, no insurance and driving while disqualified.
The court heard he had eight previous convictions for drink driving and the same amount for driving while banned from the road.
He is also currently serving a 20 week jail term imposed on August 14 for theft and having a bladed article.
Tim Hills, defending, said "This was a group of young people who had been enjoying themselves and a car was involved and Mr Farr found himself at the wheel when he shouldn't.
"As a result of his record and his past he has put himself in a very difficult position. This young man some time, one hopes, will mature and stop doing these stupid things."
Jailing him Recorder David Bartlett said: "You have a truly appalling record of driving, and for that matter other offences, but your driving record is quite dreadful.
"This case is the ninth time you have been driving with excess alcohol in your body.
"It is a quite astonishing disregard for the laws of the land and it is behaviour that could have been very dangerous."
He jailed him for six months, which will start when his current jail term ends, and banned him from the road for five years.