Telford Magistrates have banned a man from the roads after he pleaded guilty to drink driving for the third time in ten years.
The 51-year-old man was caught driving his Vauxhall Astra on May 4 in Telford after he hit a road sign and then proceeded to drive to his sister’s house. He was previously convicted of drink driving in 2009 and 2012.
Prosecuting, Abigail Hall explained how the police received a tip-off from a member of the public about a driver hitting the road sign. On attending the scene, the witness described the vehicle and the direction in which it had travelled.
Ms Hall said: “PC Hobden found the car parked outside an address on Garbett Road, where two men were changing one of the car’s tyres. These men told the PC that the defendant was inside the property.
“At that point, a female appeared and said she was this defendant’s sister and that he was in the back garden.”
Officers found the man in the back of the property drinking tea at a garden table. He cooperated fully, admitting that he had been drinking earlier and had not consumed anything since the incident other than tea.
A blood analysis was conducted at the house and he was found to have 125mcg alcohol per 100ml blood. The legal limit is 80mcg. After his arrest, he was tested again and found to have 116mcg alcohol per 100ml blood.
Representing the defendant, Lisa Hancox explained that her client very rarely drank, and he could not account for the events of that day. He had given his sister a lift, and then fully cooperated with the police upon their arrival at her address.
She went on to add that he suffered from depression and anxiety and that these conditions had become worse following an attack on him and his family in which he was knocked unconscious with a bottle. He consumed alcohol occasionally as a “mechanism to cope”.
Ms Hancox cited her client’s positive relationship with his wife and stepson, whom he has helped raise for 17 years.
Taking this evidence into account, as well as receiving a letter from a family friend, and his guilty plea to the drink driving charges, magistrates banned the man from driving for five years. They also imposed an 18-month community order, a rehabilitation order, and an alcohol treatment order. He was also fined £120.
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