A TEENAGER was almost three times the drink-drive limit when he crashed his car into a lamp post in a Hampshire village.
Ceejay Broadhead was not wearing a seatbelt when he died in the crash which happened after he and friends had been playing drinking games in a pub.
The 19-year-old’s brother Myles was the first on the scene of the accident, after hearing the crash while walking from the Carpenter’s Arms in Bransgore where the pair had been drinking with friends.
An inquest into the former Ringwood School pupil’s death heard how his brother screamed “Ceejay, what have you done?” when he found the wreckage.
Southampton Coroner’s Court was told how Ceejay had driven to catch up with friends after leaving the pub but had lost control of the Ford Focus and ploughed into the phone mast in Burley Road in August 15 last year.
The inquest heard his friends had tried to stop him from driving but he cycled on a friend’s bike back to an address in Poplar Close where he had left his blue Ford Focus.
He then drove to catch up with his friends who were heading to another house nearby in the village.
Mystery surrounds why Mr Broadhead, who lived in Southbourne, Bournemouth, decided to drive the short distance and what led him to lose control of the car along the 30mph stretch of road.
A post-mortem found there was 223 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – 2.8 times the drinkdrive limit.
PC Jonathon Peace said there were “a number of possibilities” why Ceejay lost control of the car.
He said: “Excess speed and alcohol consumption are both key issues that have contributed to the collision.
There was no real reason for Mr Broadhead to drive his car and as a result of this poor decision he has paid the ultimate price and loss of his life.”
Determining a verdict of accidental death, deputy coroner for Southampton Gordon Denton said: “If there is any redeeming feature of this tragic accident is that no one else was hurt.
“Don’t drink and drive has a very true and tragic meaning and I trust that is one of the lessons that will be learnt from it.”
More than 250 family and friends attended Mr Broadhead’s funeral where balloons were set off and friends wore bright colours.