HGV drink-driver ‘will keep his job’


AN HGV driver who was caught drink driv­ing has kept his job, a court has heard.

Scott Robert Ver­non, 21, was caught be­hind the wheel in the early hours of the morn­ing on Septem­ber 5 hav­ing sunk ‘a fair few pints’ the night be­fore, mag­is­trates were told.

He had got out of bed to res­cue a ‘worse for wear’ friend who couldn’t af­ford a taxi, the court heard.

But when he was pulled over in his Volk­swa­gen Toureg car by po­lice on the Silk Road in Mac­cles­field he lied about how much he had drunk, mag­is­trates heard.

He was breathal­ysed and recorded a level more than one and half times the le­gal limit.

Ver­non, of Lum­ley Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court.

De­spite los­ing his li­cence for 12 months he will be kept on at his fam­ily’s haulage firm, his so­lic­i­tor told the court.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “At 3.30am PC Basarat was on the Silk Road when he stopped the de­fen­dant in his car.

“The of­fi­cer smelled in­tox­i­cants and asked the de­fen­dant if he had been drink­ing.

“He ad­mit­ted drink­ing two pints ear­lier in the evening. He was breathal­ysed and was 53mg, above the le­gal limit of 35mg, and was ar­rested.”

Arnold Miller, de­fend­ing, de­scribed Mr Ver­non’s ac­tions as ‘stupid’.

He said: “Mr Ver­non works for his fam­ily haulage busi­ness and is an HGV driver.

“He has a six-mon­thold baby and a mort­gage. It was a stupid thing to do.

“On Septem­ber 4 Mr Ver­non had fin­ished work, hav­ing worked some long hours. He had some din­ner with his fam­ily and went out to the Ivy Leaf pub.

“He re­turned home at 11pm hav­ing drank a fair few pints. He went straight to bed.

“In the early hours he re­ceived a call on his mo­bile. His friend was call­ing be­cause he couldn’t af­ford to get a taxi and was a lit­tle worse for wear.

“He thought he would be okay to drive.”

Mr Miller said Ver­non’s fam­ily had felt ‘to­tally let down’ by his ac­tions.

He added: “His job is a truck driver and he is very lucky that he won’t lose his job.

“How­ever, his fam­ily will be re­duc­ing his salary. He will also have to re­sit his HGV li­cence.

“It also means his dad might have to start to drive again.”

●● Scott Ver­non

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