Drunk driver is barred from driving a van to avoid paying a parking fine at a pub in Hereford.


Drunk driver is barred from driving a van to avoid paying a parking fine at a pub in Hereford.

A DRIVING LICENSE has been revoked after he moved his van while exceeding the speed limit in order to avoid a citation.

When Mark Pitts appeared in Hereford Magistrates Court on Monday, he entered a guilty plea. Prosecutor Melanie Winterflood said police received a report that a drunk driver got behind the wheel of their vehicle in Hereford at 12.25 a.m. on May 28.

Officers discovered Pitts driving his Ford Transit van down Commercial Road and activated their blue lights to pull him stop.

Pitts, of Westfield Square, Tadchester, was arrested after failing a roadside breathalyzer test. He was said to smell of alcohol and be wobbly on his feet.

He had 76 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was arrested, according to a breath test.

The legal limit is 35 years old.

Pitts’ attorney, Emily Gourley, said the 34-year-old went to Hereford with a friend for a riding weekend.

She explained, “They pulled up outside Yates and parked there before drinking approximately three or four pints with a dinner.”

“However, they soon realized they could only park the van there until 7 a.m., so they moved it to a 24-hour car park around the corner.

“Someone phoned the cops, and he was pulled up after only a short distance.

“He says he doesn’t drink nearly as much as he used to since his father died from alcoholism, and he’s pretty hard on himself.

“On a rare trip away, this was one of the few times he decided to drink.”

Pitts’ landscaping business would have to be placed on hold if he had to serve a required driving restriction, the court heard.

The restriction has received mixed reviews online, with some pushing for harsher penalties for individuals caught driving under the influence.

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Despite this, one Twitter user claimed that the cops were overly aggressive in their use of force.

Mark Pitts was wished well by another Facebook member.

Between 2009 and 2019, more than 44,500 people failed a roadside breath test, according to Department of Transportation data.

In 2019, 8.5 percent of that number failed the test, despite trends showing that the amount of. “Brinkwire Summary News”.


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