Louth man’s two-year driving ban


A Louth man who had been drinking while he was babysitting his children, then drove his car to collect his former wife, a court has heard.

Andrew Owen, 43, of Kidgate, Louth admitted driving with excess alcohol in Newbridge Hill in Louth on April 11, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said police saw Owen driving his Citroen car on the wrong side of the road at 11.25pm and stopped him.

They said that Owen, whose speech was slurred and who smelt of alcohol, said to them: ‘I know I’m pissed’.

After giving a positive breath test he was arrested and gave a reading of 98 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

In Mitigation, Andrea Wilkes said that it was Owen’s first appearance in court.

She said he had recently broken up with his wife which he had found very difficult and that he had always found refuge with alcohol.

She said he had been babysitting his children while his ex-wife went out but she then called and asked him to pick her up which he foolishly did.

Ms Wilkes added that Owen would lose his job as a meter reader as he needed to be able to drive.

The magistrates stood the case down for a report from the Probation Service after which he was sentenced to a 12 month community order with supervision and a 7pm to 5am curfew for two months.

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