Sheffield doctor was four times drink-drive limit when he crashed

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A Sheffield doctor who admitted causing a car accident while four times over the drink-drive limit has narrowly avoided jail.

Mansfield magistrates were told how Nakul Hegde, aged 35, of Furniss Avenue, Dore, had drunk two bottles of red wine, five pints of Stella lager and some vodka the night before the offence.

Robert Carr, prosecuting, said Hegde ploughed into the rear of a vehicle queuing at the junction of the A617 and the A60 in Mansfield, causing the vehicle to hit another car.

Mr Carr said the doctor had his two children in the rear of his car at the time.

The court was told Hegde later failed a police breath test – giving a reading of 143 mcgs per 100 mls of breath.

He was slightly more than four times the legal limit for driving, which is 35mcgs in 100mls of breath.

Hegde’s solicitor said the father-of-two had been drinking heavily as a way of coping with work-related stress.

The solicitor stressed the doctor was embarrassed and shocked by the offence and extremely sorry.

He said: “The fact is Mr Hegde is very remorseful and somewhat shocked and embarrassed by this.

“A disqualification will impact on his family and patients and will be punishment enough.”

Probation officer Jonathan Hand said: “I am satisfied Mr Hegde will not bother the courts again.

“He appears fully motivated to comply.”

Magistrates were told Hegde would also face investigation by the General Medical Council.

Hegde was banned from driving for 36 months.

He was also given 150 hours of unpaid community work, £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.