Apprentice jockey was found drink driving twice in three weeks

An apprentice jockey, who drove with excess alcohol twice in less than three weeks, has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Paul Damien Bohan, 22, of Ings Lane, Scamblesby, admitted driving with excess alcohol on November 20 and the A153 at Raithby cum Maltby and on December 8 at South Street, Louth.

Skegness Magistrates Court court heard that on the first occasion Bohan drove his VW Passat into a ditch at Raithby at about seven in the morning of November 20.

He told police he had drunk eight or nine pints and gave a reading of 92 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Just 18 days later, whilst he was on bail awaiting his court appearance, he again drove his car whilst under the influence, at 3.40am on December 8, having drunk between 10 and 15 vodkas.

On the second occasion he crashed his car into two others in South Street, Louth and into the gate of an old people’s home.

He gave a reading of 100 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Barbara Hartley, for the Probation Service, told the magistrates that on both occasions Bohan had knowingly driven after consuming alcohol and over the limit.

She said that the nature of his work as a jockey effectively prevented him from being subject to an electronically monitored curfew, or for carrying out unpaid work for the community, and recommended a suspended prison sentence be handed down.

In defence, David Eager said Bohan had experienced success and failure and could not really cope with either.

He said this had resulted in depression

The magistrates sentenced Bohan to 16 weeks custody suspended for a year, with a requirement he live at the address given.

Bohan was also disqualified from driving for 42 months but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course which would reduce the period of disqualification by ten months.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.