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