The managing director of a building systems firm has been banned from the roads for two years after an off-duty police officer spotted him drink-driving on his way home from a wedding.
Robert Deane, 63, decided to “risk” driving his Porsche Cayenne for the seven-mile journey home so he could call his wife in America at midnight as he had planned.
As the celebration started to wind down, Deane realised that the taxi he had booked would not arrive until an hour later than he had intended. Manchester Magistrates Court heard how, after failing to get another taxi, he got in his car to drive home in order to keep his appointment.
An off-duty police officer spotting him weaving on the dual-carriageway and called colleagues who were on duty. At the same time, she followed Deane back to his house, where he nearly reversed into her car when she pulled up behind him.
Steve Woodman, prosecuting, said that she ‘noticed a vehicle in front which was veering from lane one to lane two’. “She decided to follow that vehicle,” he said.
“She followed him towards Altrincham, she could see him swerving in the road. She was on the phone to her on-duty colleagues during the entire time. She saw him drive onto the wrong side of the road and almost collide with a parked car. He managed to stop himself and continue driving.
“He arrived near his home and stopped in the middle of the road. He then reversed towards her, to which she sounded her horn to make him away of her being there, and he stopped.”
Acting in Deane’s defence, Brian Koffman said he was “genuinely remorseful”.
“He completely understands the consequences to his actions, though he admits at the time he wasn’t aware. He also admits he had no excuse to be driving. There was a reading of 91mg, which is relatively high,” he said.
“At the time of the offence he was on his way home to phone his wife. She is a US citizen and had travelled to California to be with her mother who was dying. She was very distressed about it. He had driven to the venue but planned to get a taxi home with friends and pick his car up the next day.
“He then decided to take a risk and drive home, which he accepts he should not have done.”
After pleading guilty to drink-driving, Deane was banned from driving for two years and ordered to undertake 80 hours of unpaid work.
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