Louth carer gets two year ban for drink driving

A full-time carer from Louth, who went to get some money to buy shopping for his parents after he had drunk a bottle of wine, was disqualified from driving by magistrates at Skegness on Friday.

Wayne Cooney, 44, of Eastgate, Louth, admitted driving with excess alcohol on November 3.

The court heard that Cooney collided with another vehicle in Mount Pleasant but walked on to an address in the road.

When the driver of the car he had hit came to the house with her husband, he gave his name and address and left the house on foot.

When police found him he admitted he had drunk a bottle of wine and was arrested.

In mitigation, Gordon Holt said Cooney was a carer for his parents and had consumed a bottle of wine but then had to go out and get some money from a friend in Mount Pleasant to buy them some food before the shops shut.

He said he was reversing into a parking space outside the friend’s house when he hit the other car.

The court heard Cooney was already under supervision for an earlier assault conviction.

The magistrates ruled that he serve an additional 12 months community order with supervision and a requirement to attend a drink impaired drivers’ course.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, which would reduce the period of disqualification by six months.

He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.