St Mary’s Man Receives Drink Driving Ban

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Magistrates’ Court at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

A St Mary’s man has been banned from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty to drink driving.

Daniel Alex Ware, 23, of Garrison Lane, Hugh Town was stopped by police in the early hours of 12th April 2014 as he was attempting to drive out of a parking space on Church Street.

In a statement to the court, PC Matt Crowe said the lights on Mr Ware’s car were off and he attempted to reverse back into the space when he saw the Police Land Rover.

After failing to give a specimen of breath at the roadside, he was taken to St Mary’s Police Station where a blood sample was taken and sent to the mainland for analysis.

The results showed 181mg alcohol per 100ml blood – over twice the legal limit.

At the Magistrates’ Court held in the Old Wesleyan Chapel yesterday, Mr Ware told District Judge Baker “I didn’t know what I was doing.” He added that a driving ban would likely affect his work as a labourer.

Ms Baker took into account his early guilty plea and previous good character, reducing the driving ban from 22 months to 20 months. That will be shortened by a further 21 weeks if he attends a mainland drink driving awareness course, which he’ll have to pay for himself.

He also received a fine of £260, reduced from £390, as well as a £26 victim surcharge.

The £85 court costs were waived after Prosecutor Alison May arrived late to the hearing.