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Oxford PhD Student Tried To Cheat Drink Driving Laws

An Oxford PhD student has been convicted of drink driving, despite his best efforts to avoid the charge.

The driver, who is also a presenter on the TV programme 10,000 BC on Channel 5 claimed he had crashed his car on the way home from dinner at Trinity College, as he tried to avoid an animal on the road. Following the accident, his wife came to pick him up and take him home.

The car was spotted a short time later by a member of the public and reported to the police. They soon arrived at the student’s home where his wife let them in, saying they had been expected.

After asking the student if he had been drinking, he told them how he had started “only a few seconds ago”. He also told the police he had drink 2 glasses of wine at the dinner. When the police told him he would be breathalysed he told them to carry on but he was bound to fail. He gave a reading of 78mcg, the legal limit being 35mcg.

The court heard how the student had served in the US army before being discharged with PTSD. The student told the court how the accident had brought on a PTSD episode which could only be combatted with “stress drinking”.

The prosecution dismissed the assertion made the student as to the reason for his drinking after the accident by stating the only reason he had drunk so much was to frustrate the investigation.

The court found the student guilty and sentenced him to be disqualified from driving for 80 weeks, a fine of £660 and to pay costs of £750.

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