An uninsured drink driver who got his new Mercedes Benz stuck on tram tracks has been handed a 17 month ban from driving.
By getting stuck on the tracks, the driver, Maurice Cooney, also caused £6,000 worth of damage to his week old car and 5 hours worth of disruptions to commuters wanting to use the tram service.
After alerting a nearby office to the incident, Cooney was breathalysed when police attended the scene. He gave a reading of 86 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35 micrograms.
Appearing at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, Cooney pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving without insurance and causing a danger or inconvenience.
Following mitigation, Cooney was banned from driving for 17 months, fined £246 and ordered to pay costs of £135.
After the sentence, PC Lee Byrne of British Transport Police stated: “With the party season just around the corner, this is a timely reminder about the dangers of drink-driving.
“While Cooney is extremely apologetic for his actions, there is never any excuse for getting behind the wheel while drunk and why he thought he was okay to drive despite only stopping drinking an hour beforehand beggars belief.
“On this occasion, he is lucky it’s just his wallet and pride which have taken the hit. Had he driven on the tracks just an hour later when the trams were running, the consequences could have been catastrophic.”
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