Man disqualified from driving after drinking and driving to his mother’s home after row

Court case
Court case

A man, who drove to his mother’s home after a row with his partner, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Brett Kenneth Dodge, 28, of Thames Street, Louth, was said to have been found in St Bernard’s Avenue shortly after 11pm on October 29 last year after police had been informed by his partner that he had left home in his car and was ‘in drink’.

He told police that he had drunk alcohol since driving his car but a forensic expert said that at the time of driving he would have had a reading of 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Defending, Nicholas Alderson said that Dodge had left his home in Thames Street after a row with his partner and had driven the half mile to his mother’s home in St Bernard’s Avenue in order to keep out of the way.

He said he had not been intending to drive when he had been drinking and accepted that although he had drunk alcohol after he had been driving it was likely he was over the limit when he was driving.

The magistrates fined Doyle £280 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £28 and £85 in costs.

He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course which would reduce the period of disqualification by four months.