Frustrated husband drove car at Oldbury home

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A FRUSTRATED husband, who had been drinking heavily, rammed his car into the front of his Oldbury home because his wife would not let him in, a court heard.

Harvey Colledge caused £2,000 worth of damage to the house in Abberley Road, Brandhall.

Jailing him for 40 months, Recorder Alistair Jack said he had paid no heed to the fact his recklessness could have injured his wife Petra.

He said Colledge had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system and was behind the wheel of a vehicle that was a "lethal weapon."

Paul Spratt, prosecuting, said Colledge's 23-year marriage had been deteriorating as a result of his excessive drinking.

His wife had refused to let him in and Colledge made an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry through a rear door but an hour later his wife heard a "significant bang" and saw he had driven his Rover car into the front of the property.

Colledge, who had a previous conviction for drink driving, admitted causing damage and being reckless as to whether life was endangered and driving with excess alcohol.

As well as being jailed, the 44-year-old was also banned from driving for three years Amy Jacobs, defending, said Colledge, who now lives in Cannock, was “frustrated” at not being allowed into the house and he had not intended to cause any harm.

The court was told he had controlled his drinking and there was a prospect of his marriage being revived.

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