Drink driver banned from the road

A DRUNK who moved his car to avoid it being vandalised, has been banned from driving for two years. He said he would not be able to take his sick baby to hospital for appointments without his licence.

A DRUNK who moved his car to avoid it being vandalised, has been banned from driving for two years.

He said he would not be able to take his sick baby to hospital for appointments without his licence. The baby was born recently, with its bowel outside its body.

David Dickson, 23, was nearly three times over the legal limit when police saw him driving his Ford Fiesta in Spa Gardens, Felixstowe.

Dickson told South East Suffolk Magistrates Court he had been drinking at Splitz Bar at the bottom of Bent Hill and had booked a taxi home to Cornwall Road when he saw two youths tampering with his car.


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Lesla Small, prosecuting, said Dickson was seen driving on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missed a silver Volvo car. He was breathalised and found to have 94 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Dickson, the assistant manager at Wilco's Motor Spares pleaded guilty to drink driving, he said he moved the car to where there was CCTV cameras and had not intended to collect his car until the following day. "I know it was no excuse," he added.

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He told magistrates his baby had recently been born with its bowel outside its body, and needed his car to take the baby to regular treatment at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

Dickson was disqualified from driving for two years, fined £250 and order to pay £34 towards court costs. He was offered the chance to reduce his ban by six months by taking part in a drink drive rehabilitation course.

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