Businesman drank vodka while driving


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A ST Martins businessman drank vodka shortly before he was arrested for drink driving, a court has been told.
David Bowen, from Waterside Farm in St Martins Moor, was banned from driving for 18 months after he admitted being more than twice the legal drink-drive limit while driving along the A5 near the Welshpool roundabout in on the Shrewsbury bypass on October 28, last year.
He had 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Last Tuesday, Mach 11, Shrewsbury magistrates heard how the 69-year-old had drank two half pints with his lunch, but later drank vodka after feeling unwell.
Prosecutor, Miss Kate Price, said: “At around 3.30pm police received information from a member of the public saying the driver of a silver Mercedes was driving in an erratic manner and they were concerned they could cause a collision.
“Police officers were dispatched and the driver was unable to maintain a steady speed or course. The police officers pulled him over.”

But Mr Stephen Scully, defending, said his client denied several points made by the officer, including where he was pulled over.
He also revealed his client had previously denied the charge after the roadside and the police station breath tests produced very different results.
Mr Scully continued: “Bowen was not feeling well and had stopped at a layby and had a sip of vodka to make himself feel better.
“He was some what naive to think that would not have been in his breath sample.”
Mr Scully also said that any disqualification would have a “severe impact” on both Bowen and his Homecare company which sees him travel up to 60,000 miles every year, as his wife his is currently unable to drive.
Magistrates gave Bowen the option of a drink-driving rehabilitation scheme which will reduce the disqualification.
They ordered he pay a £500 fine, £50 victim surcharge and £100 costs.

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