AN ALCOHOLIC who took and crashed his partner's Mazda 3 car while drunk and high on three times the legal limit of cannabis, awaits his fate at an Isle of Wight court next month.   

Lee Williams, of Rew Street, Gurnard, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving, driving whilst unfit through drink, drug driving and driving without a valid licence and insurance, on April 29.

At around 4pm, police pulled over the Mazda, driven by Williams, 38, but which belonged to his partner.

While driving along Whiterails Road near Wootton, towards Staplers Road in Newport, Williams lost control and crashed into a bank on the side of the road.

The impact wrecked the front end of the car, with engine parts strewn across a distance of up to 300 yards from it, said Lauren Stone, prosecuting, at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Friday, November 10.

Williams failed roadside alcohol and drugs tests and was subsequently arrested.

He provided a blood alcohol sample of 139 microgrammes (the limit being 80) and a reading of 6 ug/L for the cannabis derivative THC (the limit being 2).

Williams had been banned from driving in 2020.

The written-off car cost his partner £1,600.

She told the police she was asleep, believing he went out shopping by bus, unaware he took her car.

For Williams, Barry Arnett said his client had overtaken a car and suffered "a violent, severe impact."

Mr Arnett said: "He should never have driven. How he got out of the car with just a little bruise on his arm, no one knows."

Mr Arnett described the dad-of-two as "a functioning alcoholic", who suffers with anxiety and depression.

"This was a jolt to the system. He's lucky to be here. His partner could've been a widow and his children without a father," Mr Arnett added.

Magistrates ordered a report on Williams, bailing him to reappear for sentencing on December 15.

Williams was also made subject to an interim driving disqualification.