Lester Morrill’s Philip Goldberg has successfully argued for a motorist charged with drink-driving to be allowed to keep his licence.
The defendant had returned to his vehicle knowing he was over the legal limit and had not intended to drive.
However, when a large van pulled up behind him in the early hours of the morning, he panicked and drove a short way up the lane to try and attract the attention of a nearby household.
As it turned out, the vehicle which had turned up in the secluded spot was a police van and the driver was subsequently charged with drink driving.
At Leeds Magistrates Court, the motorist was represented by Mr Goldberg, who heads Lester Morrill’s road traffic team. He explained to the bench the extenuating circumstances.
Having considered the case, magistrates found that:
- The defendant perceived a real emergency
- There was no risk of him coming into contact with other road users.
- The man had only intended to drive a short distance
- He had not originally intended to use the vehicle.
As a consequence, the bench found “special reasons” not to disqualify or endorse the man’s licence and our happy client was able to drive home from court.