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Drunk Kieran Cusden, of Herne Bay, crashes twice into Folkestone Stade railings

By Sean Axtell

A drink-driver crashed his BMW into seafront railings twice before smashing up a police cell after being caught with cocaine.

Unemployed Kieran Cusden rammed his silver BMW into safety barriers on the Stade, Folkestone, which saved him from an eight-metre drop into the harbour.

Following impact, the 24-year-old climbed out of the car only to return, then crash into the same railings writing-off the vehicle on the night of October 27.

Drink driver Kieran Cusden
Drink driver Kieran Cusden

Cusden, an ex-machine operator in Ashford, shook his head as Folkestone magistrates heard the evidence.

Prosecutor Anna Kashingwe said: “He drove a silver BMW into railings, he got out of the car and was described by an eyewitness as drunk.

"He got back into the car and drove back into the railings and witnesses saw him and called the police.

“When police found him he was still in the vehicle drunk and was arrested and taken into the police station where a small see-through lock bag was found containing cocaine.

“He was breathalysed and read 101 microgrammes of alcohol on his breath and when in the cell he began kicking the cell.”

Cusden’s reading was three times the drink-drive limit and his lashing out caused damage to the cell-hatch, the court heard.

"He got back into the car and drove back into the railings and witnesses saw him and called the police" - prosecutor Anna Kashingwe

The father-of-one, of High Street, Herne Bay, left a party with a female friend before the crash happened.

It resulted in the vehicle - bought with inheritance money - being written off, magistrates were told.

Dressed in a white shirt and black trousers Cusden pleaded guilty to five charges and spoke only to confirm his age, name and address.

The charges included drink driving, cocaine possession, criminal damage and driving without insurance or a licence.

Mark Trafford, defending, told magistrates Cusden "clearly regrets his actions" and his "out of character behaviour" was triggered by mental illness.

Cusden has suffered a long battle with anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Mr Trafford explained.

“The money he received through inheritance has now almost ran out and my client is desperately trying to get back into work,” Mr Trafford added.

Cusden was ordered to pay £370 in costs and fines, handed 120 hours of community work and banned from driving for two years.

The chairman of the bench said: "You are absolutely and utterly banned."

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