Dad drink-drove home ‘in rush to see partner and child’

Court news.
Court news.

A man in a rush to get home from a wedding to check on his partner and child has been landed with a £600 fine for drink-driving.

Carl Young, 32, of Freiston Road, Boston, appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to driving while above the limit.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson said police saw Young at 10.40pm, on June 14, driving ‘in an erratic manner, at excess speed and partly on the wrong side of the road’.

She said he drove into a car park on Tawney Street and went behind a building in what police believed was an attempt to evade them. They then pulled him over.

Following a breath test he was taken to Boston Police Station, where he produced a reading of 92 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath (legal limit 35).

Defending, Andrew Goldsborough said Young lived with his partner and their young child. He said the child was born early in June – and complications meant Young’s partner had to have an emergency cesarian and stay in hospital for an extended period.

He said Young had been helping as much as he could at home, and hadn’t originally wanted to go to the wedding.

While at the wedding he had five beers, but was told by staff that the gates would be closed until the next day and decided to drive home earlier than planned because he was eager to check on his family.

Magistrates ordered Young to pay a £600 fine, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. They also disqualified him from driving for 40 months.

They declined to offer him the drink drivers rehabilitation course because he had completed it previously, however had not paid for the course and not received a certificate as a result.