A Dundee man has been left enraged after a boozy pensioner totalled his 10,000 Subaru car.
Local healthcare worker Lee Martin saw his “pride and joy” written off after a run-in with a drink-driver, who got behind the wheel when he was nearly twice the legal limit.
Last week, former company director Alexander Pluck, 65, was banned from the road after he admitted to drinking vodka before taking his vehicle across both lanes of the Kingsway and colliding with another car and hitting an additional car on January 15.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard there was significant damage caused to all three cars and according to Pluck’s solicitor, the pensioner “stopped his vehicle and checked a lady driving the first vehicle he collided with and apologised”.
Police were contacted and when they arrived officers breathalysed Pluck before arresting him.
Lee Martin, whose parked car brought Pluck to an abrupt stop, said: “I saw him hit my car while I was in my office, so I ran out to confront him.
“After that, he just sat in the car and didn’t say a word. I went to see if the woman he’d hit was okay.
“I realise he’s had his comeuppance, but I don’t think he realises how many lives he’s impacted.”
Three weeks on, Mr Martin is still dealing with the aftermath of the crash.
After his car was badly damaged by the smash, he was forced to write off his prized Subaru Impreza WRX, which Mr Martin says he’ll never be able to replace.
“Even with my insurance payout I’ll be getting, I can never afford another car like that,” he said. “That car was my pride and joy. I loved it, and it’s gone now. It’s really demoralising.”
Pluck was fined 900 and banned from driving for 18 months after he admitted to driving without due care and attention on January 15 at the Kingsway and elsewhere, that he drove carelessly, caused the collisions and drove with excess alcohol (66 mics).