Swindon magistrates have banned a 23-year-old man from the roads after he was caught drink driving at a McDonalds.
Police found the Marlborough resident in the driver’s seat of his car with the keys in the ignition in a car park at 3.15am. Subsequent tests revealed him to have 81mcg alcohol per 100ml blood – just over twice the legal drink driving limit of 35mcg.
Mitigating for the defendant, Jeremy Griffiths said his client had not been thinking clearly on the night he was stopped after a close friend had committed suicide a week earlier.
“That has really upset him at the time and had really made him not keep himself fully focused,” he said.
The man was described as a very serious young man who worked for the Nationwide building society, based in Swindon.
Two of his managers wrote letters of support saying he had “full potential within the company and had the best level of customer satisfaction.”
Mr Griffiths continued “He is a young man starting out his career. His colleagues have high hopes for his future.”
The young man addressed the bench personally saying: “I’m standing before you having committed a serious offence. I wish to express my remorse,”
Chairman of the bench, Paul Sample, told him: “You are a man of previous good character, without a stain, really, on your personal history.
“You are clearly very well regarded by those you work with and it is rare that we have a defendant who speaks from the deck with such clarity and showing such genuine remorse.
“Nevertheless, the offence you have committed is serious, because people who drink and drive are much more likely to kill local residents in road accidents. Therefore, society takes a dim view – rightly so – of those who drink and drive.”
“We don’t want to read in the newspaper about someone being killed by someone like you.”
After pleading guilty to drink driving, Magistrates fined him a week’s wages – £295 – and banned him from the roads for 17 months.
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