Driv­ing af­ter wine and four pints ‘a cry for help’

Bristol Post - - NEWS - Richard MILLS and Zosia EYRES newss@reach­plc.com

AKEYNSHAM driver has been fined more than £800 for fail­ing to pro­vide a breath test af­ter drink­ing a glass of wine and four pints of al­co­hol in a “cry for help”.

Po­lice of­fi­cers stopped Ni­cholas Small af­ter notic­ing that the 53-year-old’s sil­ver Toy­ota had a flat tyre on Oc­to­ber 14.

Pros­e­cu­tor Lucy Cole­man de­scribed to Bath Mag­is­trates’ Court how of­fi­cers saw the car brake sharply, be­fore turn­ing into Lays Drive, the road on which he lives.

The po­lice caught up with the 53-year-old, who was sit­ting in the driver’s seat with the car keys in his hands. Ms Cole­man added that his eyes were glazed and he smelt of al­co­hol. Of­fi­cers in­formed Small they re­quired a spec­i­men of breath and that he had a flat front off­side tyre. She added Small was un­able to stay on his feet and he was then taken to Keyn­sham Po­lice Sta­tion at 2am.

When given an op­por­tu­nity to give a spec­i­men, Small said he wanted to speak to his solic­i­tor for ad­vice and re­fused to give it.

Steve Ge­orge, de­fend­ing, said his client was of very good char­ac­ter.

“Mr Small has lost a lot peo­ple that are close to him, in­clud­ing friends and fam­ily in re­cent years. This has caused him a great deal of dif­fi­culty,” he said.

“He has been di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety. He had had a glass of wine be­fore he left his home and drove less than a mile to a pub in the high street.

“He con­sumed four pints at the pub. It had not been his in­ten­tion to drive home but he made the fool­ish de­ci­sion to do so.”

Mr Ge­orge added that Small ‘did not want to drag this out’, which is why he pleaded guilty.

“This was a cry for help but rest as­sured this cry has been heard. He has gone to sig­nif­i­cant lengths to ad­dress the prob­lem he has got,” said Mr Ge­orge.

Small pleaded guilty to the charge on Oc­to­ber 31.

The mag­is­trates de­cided to ban him from driv­ing for 14 months, fine him £815 and told him to take the drink-driver re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion course.

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