‘Act of kindness’ lands stud groom in court
A ‘highly thought of’ stud groom who was three times over the legal drink drive limit when he was stopped in Newmarket’s Bury Road, has been banned from the road for two years.
Donal McCarthy, 37, of Anvil Way in Kennett, was doing a neighbour a favour by driving him to the doctor’s, magistrates at Bury St Edmunds heard on Thursday.
But he had been drinking the night before and when he was breath tested after being stopped for not having valid insurance, his reading was 100 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes. He admitted drink driving and driving without insurance.
The court was told that not having insurance was a “genuine oversight” as McCarthy and his wife both thought the other had sorted out the insurance for their Volvo 440 car.
A report from the probation service said the defendant agreed to drive a neighbour who had been involved in a car accident to a doctor’s appointment.
“It was a bad decision and he is extremely remorseful,” it said. Magistrate Meg Clibbon told McCarthy: “You fell into the trap of driving after consuming a great deal of alcohol the previous evening. It was an extremely high reading.”
McCarthy was fined a total of £800, ordered to pay costs of £85 and £50 victim surcharge.
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