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Drink-driver crashed into security office
A DRUNK driver who crashed in to a security hut, injuring two security guards, has been banned from driving for two years.
Oskar Liepnieks, 23 of Buckles Lane, South Ockendon admitted drink driving, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and failing to stop after an accident.
Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard that Liepnieks ploughed in to the security office at the New Holland Tractor Plant in Cranes Farm Road, Basildon whilst almost three times over the drink drive limit.
He ploughed his Volkswagon Golf in to the side of the building at about midnight on June 23, causing one of the walls to cave in on top of Roy Burton and Steven Jackson, who were on duty at the time.
The pair suffered head and leg injuries and were rushed to Southend Hospital **correct** by paramedics.
Liepnieks then drove off from the crash and ploughed in to a roundabout on Cranes Farm Road.
He then drunkenly drove his car to Cranes Lane, a residential street off Cranes Farm Road where he was arrested by police.
Chair of the bench, Nigel Smith, banned Liepnieks from driving for 24 months.
He was given the option to attend a drink drive course to cut his ban down to 18 months.
Liepnieks was also handed a community order, with 80 hours unpaid work and the requirement to attend a drink drive impact course.
He was ordered to pay £145 court.
The tractor plant was forced to demolish the security office following the incident after it was deemed unsafe.
Laura Overall, a spokesman from the tractor plant, said: “We cannot comment on anything that happened at court.
“However we supported the police in their inquiries.
“We are pleased that they were able to prosecute this incident with the support of all parties involved.”