St Mary’s Man Convicted Of Drink Driving

Magistrates' Court at The Old Wesleyan Chapel

A St Mary’s man has been convicted after pleading guilty to drink driving.

Ben Eaton, 20, of Carn Vean, Pelistry, appeared before St Mary’s magistrates yesterday.

He was stopped by PC Mat Collier in the early hours of 8th May 2012 while driving along Church St in Hugh Town. A sample he provided showed he had 142ml alcohol per 100ml blood. The legal limit is 80ml.

Addressing the magistrates, Mr Eaton said, “it was a stupid mistake and it’s messed up my life.” He added that he had “learned from this.”

He was disqualified from driving for 17 months and will have to pay £400 in fines and court costs, reduced from £550 due to his early guilty plea.

Mr Eaton will be able to shorten his disqualification to 13 months if he attends a drink drive rehabilitation course.