Drink driver admits smashing pick up truck into Rinaldis restaurant

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A drink-driver has admitted crashing a Toyota pick up truck into Rinaldis restaurant.

Christopher Brassington, 39, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after crashing into the Italian restaurant on Asdale Road, Durkar last January. He appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Monday where he also admitted driving with excess alcohol, driving while disqualified and having no insurance. Brassington also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the windows and fixture and fittings of Rinaldis. But no value was put on the charge. Ann-Marie Hutton, defending, said: “The damage caused to this restaurant is really quite considerable. There is no evidence (of the cost) in the papers I’ve been provided with.”

The prosecution said the costs had been asked for. But at an earlier hearing the estimated cost of the damage was put at £120,000.

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, adjourned the case until October 24 for a pre-sentence report.

He bailed Brassington, of Hall Ing Lane, Huddersfield, on the condition he doesn’t go to Rinaldis.