A drunk driver has claimed that a low-calorie diet was to blame for a pair of accidents in which he collided with a total of three parked cars.
Stephen McGill admitted driving while over the influence of alcohol, and his solicitor added that he believed a period of dieting earlier in the year and the associated weight loss may have reduced his body's ability to cope with alcohol.
McGill was found to have 74 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres in his breath following two accidents in quick succession on the night of June 1, during which McGill hit a total of three cars in his Ford Fiesta. The reading put him at nearly twice the legal limit, which currently stands at 35.
McGill's solicitor, Owen Lawton, said that McGill had little or no recollection of what had happened, or even why he had been in the area. He also said that McGill did not normally drink, but had had five Vodka-and-cokes at the Freedom Fields festival earlier in the day, and that while he hadn't intended to drive home, the alcohol had clouded his judgement.
"In the early part of this year, he had been fairly overweight," he added, "but he has gone on a dramatic diet, a low-calorie diet, which has reduced the ability of his body to cope with alcohol."