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Restaurateur Banned After Harborough Hill Road Collisions

Tuesday January 7 2014

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A MAN has been banned from the roads for 12 months and fined £200 for being in two collisions with the same car on the morning after he had drank up to 12 vodkas.

Roberto Naressi, 56, owner of Puccini's on Dodworth Road, was on his way back from a shopping trip to Asda when he hit another car twice on Harborough Hill Road.

Philip Howard, defending at Barnsley Magistrates' Court, said the first collision happened after another driver 'for no apparent reason slowed to a snail's pace'.

Mr Howard said the other driver set off then came to an emergency stop and Naressi hit him again.

He added: "Mr Naressi, who is fully contrite, is worried about the effects of a driving ban. He has to drive to warehouses and cash and carry businesses.

"He also has to take his staff to and from the restaurant because they work unsocial hours."

Mr Howard said Naressi, of Parker Street, Barnsley, had had a few drinks with a friend the previous evening and felt fit enough to drive the following morning.

Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, said Naressi flashed his headlights in an attempt to get the other driver to move out of the way.

She said: "Mr Naressi had had 12 vodkas the previous evening. After the second collision, the other driver took the keys out of the ignition of Mr Naressi's car and called the police."

Naressi, who admitted drink driving, was ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge. He had 51mg in breath - the legal limit is 35mg.