A PLUMBER who drove while over the limit to visit his critically ill father in hospital has been disqualified from driving.
Scott Warren Stealey was more than twice the legal limit when police pulled him over on the old A5 in Nesscliffe on May 11.
He had been making his way home from a pub in Ruyton XI Towns to get a lift to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after his father had been taken there earlier that day following a fall.
At Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, the 45-year-old, of Edgerley, near Oswestry, pleaded guilty to having 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Prosecuting, Sara Beddow said police officers had followed Stealey after they saw him driving his Fiat Scudo van erratically at Shotatton.
Brendan Reedy, defending, told the court his client had gone to the pub after visiting his mother at the Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen earlier that day.
He said: “His wife was going to collect him and bring him home, but then he got a call from his sister saying his father had fallen and had been taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”
Mr Reedy explained Stealey had tried to call his wife, but when he couldn’t get hold of her he drove home so that she could take him to hospital.
His father died a few days later.
Mr Reedy continued: “There were other things he could have done if he had thought.
“But any of us placed in those circumstances wouldn’t have thought of other things and would have wanted to get to the ones we love. He acted in a human way.”
The court was told that Stealey’s job took him across the country working on hotel renovations and a disqualification would leave him without a regular wage.
But magistrates said they felt Stealey had to be disqualified for 12 months and he was ordered to pay a £150 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
He was also given the option of taking the drink-drive rehabilitation course which will reduce the disqualification by 25 per cent.