Five more drivers appear in court charged with drink driving related offences
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Five more of the 95 people arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving offences over the Christmas and New Year period have appeared at Leamington Magistrates Court.
Those sentenced on Friday 26 January 2024 include:-
Thirty-four year old John MCCLAREN from Whinchat Road, Thamesmead, London who was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £484 and ordered to pay £135 costs and £194 victim surcharge.
He was arrested at 2300hours on 7 December when police were called to a collision where he had lost control of his car and collided with a telegraph pole snapping it in half causing the cables to drop onto the road on Ufton Road near Harbury. Part of the Pole also hit another motorist’s vehicle causing damage. He was located nearby and admitted being the driver. He was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after he failed a roadside breath test and was later charged.(See PHOTO)
Forty-six year old Russell KIRBY from Lea Crescent, Rugby was sentenced to a Community Order requiring him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid supervised work within the next 12 months. He was also banned from driving for 27 months and ordered to pay £135 costs and £114 Victim Surcharge after appearing in court charged with drink driving.
He was arrested at 22.12hours on 9 December in Drury Lane, Rugby after police were alerted by keen eyed CCTV operators. They explained that a man had left a pub and got into his car. They monitored his driving and he collided with street furniture whilst trying to turn and they became concerned and called police. Officers arrived and he collided with another vehicle. He was stopped by officers and refused to provide a breath test and was arrested for drink driving and driving without a licence and later charged.
Thirty-seven year old Emma Biddle from Keir Close, Leamington Spa was disqualified from driving for 20 months after appearing in court charged with drink driving. She was also fined £175 and ordered to pay £135 costs and £70 victim surcharge.
She was arrested at 20.41hours on 8 December on suspicion of drink driving in Lillington Avenue, Leamington Spa after she was involved in a collision with a parked car. She was detained at the location by a member of the public who identified her to police. She failed a roadside breath test and was later charged.
Forty-three year old Luke HUTCHINS of Swan Street, Alcester was sentenced to a Community Order requiring him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid supervised work within the next 12 months, for drink driving. He was also banned from driving for 25 months and ordered to pay £135 costs and £114 victim surcharge.
He was arrested at 00.01hours on 10 December on Swan Street, Alcester after police observed his manner of driving on the A46. He was stopped and failed a roadside breath test. As well as drink driving he was also arrested for driving without insurance. He was later charged with both offences.
All of the above disqualified drivers have the opportunity to reduce their period of disqualification by a quarter if they satisfactorily complete an approved driving rehabilitation course. Guilty pleas were taken into consideration for all those sentenced and they will also have their driving records endorsed.
Thirty-eight year old Paramjit SINGH from Mattox Road, Wolverhampton was disqualified from driving for two months, fined £200 and ordered to pay £135 costs and £80 victim surcharge after appearing in court for the offence of ‘being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst alcohol level about limit’. His guilty plea was taken into consideration and his driving record was also endorsed.
Mr SINGH was arrested at 02.55hours on 7 December in Hampton Lane, Meriden after officers found him sat in his car. They asked him to step out of his car and he was unsteady on his feet. He refused to provide a breath test and was arrested and later charged.
Sergeant Simon Dalby said “These sentenced drivers were in no fit state to drive and should not have got behind a wheel. Some were involved in collisions and we are very grateful to the CCTV operators and members of the public who intervened to prevent them from causing further potential harm to themselves, innocent members of the public and people’s property.
“Good drivers would never drink or take drugs and drive and those drivers that do stand a high chance of being caught because as well as the police, the public do not want them on the roads and will call the police to report them.“
Thirty year old Charles BEARD from Farnell Drive, Stratford-upon-Avon also appeared at Leamington Magistrates Court on 26 January where he pleaded not guilty to drink driving and the case is now scheduled to go to trial on 15 July 2024 at Coventry Magistrates Court.