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Fine for Burnley Pensioner Caught Drink Driving

A 69-year-old man has appeared in front of Magistrates in Burnley after being caught drink driving.

The man said he didn’t believe he would be over the limit, having been caught at 11.20am on September 25. He said he was embarrassed to be appearing in caught and sorry for what he had done.

The court heard that he was seen parking in the town centre by a witness who had previously seen him reversing on a cordoned-off car park for a closed-down pub.

Officers attended the scene after the witness contacted them and a breathalyser test on the defendant showed him to have 46cmg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal drink driving limit is 35mcg.

David Lawson, defending, said that his client was extremely embarrassed by the turn of events.

“He accepts he had been drinking, but he didn’t think it would be over the limit,” he said.

Mr Lawson went on to add that the reason he moved the car from the coned off pub car park to the town centre was that he believed it would be safer there.

Upon being questioned by police, added Mr Lawson, his client cooperated fully.

Mr Lawson went on to say “He apologises through me. He is very remorseful for his actions and he is a man of good character.”

After pleading guilty to drink driving on Manchester Road, Magistrates banned the pensioner from driving for 12 months and fined him £120. He must also pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Broken Number Plate Leads To Third Drink Driving Conviction

A man from Newcastle was pulled over by police because of his broken registration plate and ended up receiving his third drink driving conviction in seven years.

On addressing the man to point out the damage they smelled alcohol and he failed a roadside breath test. He had argued with his girlfriend and decided to drive home.

Rebecca Gibson told the court for the prosecution: “It was around 11.30pm when a police officer noticed the defendant’s Ford Fiesta vehicle travelling in the opposite direction to him.

“The officer noticed that the number plate was broken, so he decided to turn his vehicle around and stop the Ford Fiesta.”

Results of the breath test showed the man to have 61mcg alcohol per 100ml breath where the legal drink driving limit is 35mcg.

Ms Gibson also informed the court that the defendant had previous drink driving convictions from 2011 and 2013 and so faced the minimum three-year ban.

Tony Malia explained in mitigation: “An unfortunate argument arose and it was something that impacted upon his life very substantially at the time.

“He then decided to get out the house.

“There’s no suggestion his driving was impaired in any way, shape or form and he fully co-operated with the police at the roadside.”

The defendant pleaded guilty to drink driving and Magistrates banned him from driving for 36 months. They also imposed a 12-month community order and fines of £400.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Care Assistant Loses “Dream Job” After Being Caught Drink Driving

A woman has been disqualified for drink driving after going out with friends to celebrate a new “dream job”.

Celebrating her last shift with colleagues, the 22-year-old decided to drive the 500 yards to her home while twice the legal limit, but just 200 yards into the journey she crashed her Audi into a parked car.

In March 2016, the care assistant received a 17-month ban for the same offence.

Charlotte Crane told Burnley Magistrates Court: “He [the owner of the parked car] went outside and was approached by [the defendant] who initially claimed that she needed assistance because her friends had run off.

“He called the police and they arrived. She then changed her story and accepted driving the Audi and made comments that she had been to a leaving do, had been done for drink driving before and apologised for her behaviour.”

On being breathalysed she blew a result of 78mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal drink driving limit is 35mcg.

Mitigating for the woman, Daniel Frazer said: “What started out to be a happy occasion turned out to be an unmitigated disaster and unfortunately [my client] has nobody but herself to blame.

“She was, that evening, finishing her last shift as a care assistant. She had just got what she described as her dream job caring for young children in the community.

“She was asked by a few friends to go on an impromptu farewell. She went out and had a few drinks and that’s where the story starts to go south for [her].

“She is exceedingly remorseful. She knows she is going to be disqualified and the dream job required a driving licence so that’s now gone.”

After pleading guilty to drink driving, Magistrates banned her from the roads for 40 months, which may be reduced by 40 weeks on completion of the drink driving rehabilitation course. The court also imposed fines and costs totalling £299.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Drug Driver In 100mph Chase Jailed

Leeds Crown Court has jailed a man for six months after he led police officers on a chase through Dewsbury at speeds of up to 100mph while driving under the influence of drugs.

The defendant, who was travelling with two passengers, was originally spotted by police as he changed direction while pulling out of a pub car park.

Officers attempted to pull him over and while he initially complied, he sped off as officers approached the vehicle.

Police pursued him at speeds of up to 100mph along Bradford Road towards Dewsbury but were forced to abandon the chase as he entered the town centre as a public safety precaution.

Shortly thereafter the man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a lamppost.

With no injuries, the driver and his passengers fled the scene on foot, with police arresting the driver at Dewsbury railway station where he was found to be over the drug driving limit both for cannabis and cocaine.

Anastasis Tassou, mitigating, said the actions were out of character for his client, a bricklayer, and were the result of his being made redundant earlier that day.

The man entered guilty pleas to three counts of drug driving, dangerous driving, and driving without insurance. He was sentenced to six months in prison.

Recorder Ian Harris told the man: “You put the public at risk, in my judgement substantial risk, of serious harm, perhaps even worse.

“Motor vehicles in the hands of drugged drivers are dangerous. The need for a deterrent and punitive sentence outweighs personal mitigation.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Road Ban For “Remorseful” Drink Driver

Magistrates in Swindon have handed a Marlborough man a 17-month driving ban after he was caught drunk in charge of his vehicle in a car park.

Staff at McDonald’s contacted the police after seeing an open beer can in the 23-year-old driver’s car, and officers found him in the car park at 3.15am with the keys in the ignition.

He was found to be twice the legal drink driving limit with 81mcg alcohol per 100ml breath.

Jeremy Griffiths, mitigating, said that the defendant had not been in his right mind at the time of the offence – he was deeply upset following the suicide of a friend a week previously.

“That has really upset him at the time and had really made him not keep himself fully focused,” said Mr Griffiths.

The man worked at the Nationwide Building Society’s head offices in Swindon and was described as a very serious man.

Letters of support from two managers at the company said he had “full potential within the company and had the best level of customer satisfaction”, and Mr Griffiths continued to say that “he is a young man starting out his career. His colleagues have high hopes for his future.”

Addressing the bench, the young man said: The young man addressed the bench personally saying: “I’m standing before you having committed a serious offence. I wish to express my remorse,”

Paul Sample, Chairman of the Bench, told the man on sentencing: “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.

The man pleaded guilty to drink driving, with Magistrates imposing a fine of £295 and a driving ban of 17 months.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Jail For Drink Driver Who Nearly Crashed Into Kids’ Play Area

A man has been jailed at Cardiff Crown Court following a drink driving accident in which he narrowly avoided ploughing into a pub play area filled with children.

Prosecuting, David Pugh showed the court CCTV footage of the Newport man’s vehicle hurtling toward a group of terrified parents and children before stopping just short of the beer garden in which they were sitting.

The incident occurred on a sunny Sunday evening, just after 8pm on June 24. His van hit a kerb and went through the central reservation of the main road on which he was travelling. He ended up on the opposite side of the carriageway beside the pub and then attempted to flee the scene in the damaged vehicle.

Police caught up to him quickly, finding him in a bush holding his mobile phone and an unopened bottle of beer.

Arrested on suspicion of drink driving, tests showed him to have 107mcg alcohol per 100ml breath – the legal limit is 35mcg.

The court heard that the man had suffered a family tragedy, including the loss of a son, and had been suffering from problems with alcohol. This incident put him in breach of three previous community orders.

He had two drink driving convictions dating back to 2008 and 2015, as well as a conviction for criminal damage in which he had smashed windows of a church in Bristol causing £10,000 worth of damage.

Also in Bristol, he was convicted of a public order offence at a Harvester restaurant in which he spat in the face of a female customer and threatened to do the same to a police officer attending that scene.

Most recently he was convicted for assaulting another police officer attending the scene of another incident in which he punched a wall at his mother’s home while “intoxicated”.

Harry Baker, mitigating, asked that the man’s guilty plea be taken into consideration.

Judge Jeremy Jenkins told the defendant: “You drove perilously close to a children’s playing area and a beer garden where people were in the sunshine enjoying food and drink.”

He recognised the man’s “personal tragedy” saying: “It must have had a devastating effect on you, and still does.

“But, you simply cannot continue going on behaving the way you have.

“Since the tragedy, you have lost all self-respect and control. You have become alcohol dependent.

“You put your own life in danger and the lives of other children.”

The man was jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to drink driving and dangerous driving, as well as banned from the roads for three years and seven months. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Ban For Drug Driver Caught Twice In Five Weeks

A Newcastle man caught drug driving twice in just over a month has been banned from the roads at North Tyneside Magistrates Court.

Police first pulled the man over on the A1 Northbound in Newcastle on February 4, said Lorna Rimell for the prosecution. He was found to be over the drug driving limit for cocaine and sentenced earlier this month.

He was then stopped again in the city’s Quayside area on March 12 while awaiting charges for his first offence.

Ms Rimell said that at around 2.20am: “Officers stopped the vehicle. They requested a specimen of saliva for drugs screening, which showed positive for cocaine.

“A blood sample was later taken, which gave a reading of 32 microgrammes of cocaine. The legal limit is 10.

The defendant has got a previous conviction for drug driving from February 4, so, I believe this case will carry the minimum three-year ban.”

John Williams, defending, told the court that the defendant had entered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity, also saying: “It’s unfortunate that the court didn’t know about this offence when they dealt with the last drug driving offence and they could have been dealt with together.

“I don’t think there’s any factors that increase the seriousness.”

Having pleaded guilty to drug driving, Magistrates banned him from driving for three years as well as imposing fines of £250 plus to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Road Ban For Drink Driver Who Failed To Provide Specimen

A woman was apprehended by police for drink driving as she pulled into her driveway after being reported by a member of the public.

Worcester Magistrates Court heard that a breathalyser test administered at the scene twice showed her to be twice the legal limit, however she was unable to provide a sample at the police station following her arrest.

Police caught up to her at 3.15am and the tests showed her to have 125mcg alcohol per 100ml breath against the legal limit of 35mcg, according to Nicola Ritchie for the prosecution.

Katherine Maynereid, mitigating for the defendant, said that on the evening in question the woman had driven to a friends house with the intention of having a few drinks and staying the night.

Ms Maynereid continued, however: “She got into an argument as one of the friends was taking drugs, and she did not feel safe, and able to stay there.

“She then finds herself outside, with the keys in her hands. At that moment it seemed a good idea. It was a mile-and-half to her home.

“It was out of character.”

She went on to explain that the woman had at no point refused to give a sample, but that she had been left short of breath due to the stress of the argument, the arrest, and suffering from asthma – as such she was physically unable to complete the test.

The court also heard from the probation service that the woman had problems dealing with alcohol and that she would be suitable for a drink awareness course.

After pleading guilty to failing to provide a specimen on suspicion of drink driving, Magistrates ordered her to complete 14 sessionsata drink impairment programme and undertake 60 hours of unpaid work.

They also banned her from driving for 18 months and ordered her to pay £135 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

The ban may be reduced by 18 weeks on completion of a drink driving awareness course.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Jail For Man Who Killed Two Women While Driving With A Mobile Phone

A man has been jailed for 6 years after being found guilty of killing two women because he was texting his girlfriend instead of watching the road.

The two young women were part of a group of five friends, crossing the road in clear visibility in Preston, Lancashire. One girl died at the scene, the other a few hours later, and one other girl was seriously injured when the account’s BMW ran into them on April 20, 2016.

The defendant, 26, admitted careless driving but denied that his driving was dangerous as he took his mother and sister on a shopping trip.

Examination of his phone by investigators revealed that the man had sent two text messages to his girlfriend at 6.12pm to find out where she was.

His girlfriend replied at 6.37pm saying she was at a friend’s, to which he asked: “Her house?” via text message.

He sent that message 42 seconds before dialling 999 from the scene of the accident, Preston Crown Court heard.

The defendant claimed to have sent the text at a set of traffic lights while he was stationary before putting his phone back in the drivers-side pocket. A witness, however, said that the defendant had overtaken him not long before the accident and, on glancing over at the defendant, saw that he was holding a mobile phone and resting it on the steering wheel.

Concluding that the man had been distracted by his phone for a “considerable period of time” before the collision, Judge Robert Altham said: “No text message was so urgent that it was worth the lives of these two young women,”

“This was plainly an avoidable distraction. So distracted was he that at the point of collision he may as well have been driving with his eyes closed,” continued the Judge.

“He deliberately concentrated on his phone rather than the road ahead. He was not on the phone in terms of speaking on it but he was sufficiently distracted that he did not see what was absolutely obvious in front of him.”

Judge Altham went on to say that the defendant had shown “no significant remorse” but rather “sadness for the predicament he now finds himself in”.

It was also noted that the man was issued a fixed penalty notice in 2014 for using his mobile while manoeuvering in a car park.

“Whatever the circumstances, it was the clearest possible indication of the importance of not using a mobile phone in the car. An indication he would have done very well to heed. He ignored it.”

The man was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving at this, his second trial. The first came to an end after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

The man was also banned from driving for nine years.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Drug Driver At Four Times Cocaine Limit Jailed

A man caught drug driving at 100mph while four times the legal limit for cocaine has been jailed at Norwich Magistrates Court.

The 21-year old was clocked speeding by officers regular speed checks. They pulled the man over and, on speaking to him, suspected he may have been under the influence of drugs.

Later tests showed that the man was over the drug driving limit for cannabis, and four times the legal limit for cocaine.

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, explained: “He was stopped by Sgt Harris who was conducting speed checks on the A11 with a recorded speed of 100mph. When stopped and spoken to the officer had reason to believe he was under the influence of drugs.

“Two different types of drugs were found in his system, with cocaine at 380mcg in blood when the legal limit is 80, and cannabis at 3.2 when the legal limit is two.”

Sally Dale, mitigating for the defendant, said that the man “is no longer doing drugs at all” and had moved back home to live with his pregnant girlfriend.

“There was no indication there has been any criticism of the standard of driving,” said Ms Dale.

“There is no suggestion he was stopped for any other reason than he was speeding. There was no suggestion he was presenting as someone under the influence.

“To his credit, he has been totally up front and open with the police about this.

“He says he had a very heavy night the night before at a party and had consumed drugs as well as alcohol. After a few hours sleep, he gets up with the intention of going to the beach with his friends. On his way, he was following another car doing the same speed as him. He was not concentrating on his speed from that point of view but accepts he was the one stopped by police.

“He has now quit where he was living and working to move back home. He can get to and from work on a push bike.”

Aggravated by the speeding offence, the man pleaded guilty to two counts of drug driving and Magistrates disqualified him for 25 months. They also bound him under a 12-month community order during which he must complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay a victim surcharge and costs of £85 each.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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