Louth man drove grandfather’s car while drunk


A Louth man had what his solicitor described as a ‘moment of madness’ when he took his grandfather’s car and drove it while he was over the alcohol limit, and with no licence or insurance to drive the car.

Thomas Winn, 20, of Amanda Drive, admitted at Skegness Magistrates Court that he had driven with excess alcohol and without a licence or insurance in Brackenborough Road, Louth, on April 13.

The court heard that police found Winn on his own with the car after it had been involved in a single vehicle collision at 5.15am.

His speech was slurred and was obviously drunk and he told the officers his name was ‘Jack’, the magistrates were told. His parents then arrived and it was found to be his grandfather’s car.

Mitigating, Nicholas Alderson said Winn was a thoroughly respectable young man who had never been in trouble before and could not explain how he had got involved in this.

“He’s well educated with good prospects,” he said. “It was a moment of madness”.

The magistrates disqualified Winn from driving for 17 months but offered him the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course which would reduce the period of disqualification by four months.

He was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.