Bail jumper feared festive loss of liberty

A MOTORIST who drove his car into a wall on Christmas Eve told a court he had been made ‘‘truly aware’’ of the perils of ‘‘the morning after the night before’’.

Henry Thomas Campbell, 21, pleaded guilty at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court last Thursday to drink-driving and was fined £150 with £85 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and a 12-month ban.

Prosecutor Kathryn Reeve said police had been called to a single vehicle accident on Askwith Moor Road, Low Snowden, between Beckwithshaw and Otley, at 8.30am on December 24.

By the time officers arrived at the scene, where a Ford Fiesta had hit a dry-stone wall, Campbell – whose father was present - had been taken to his nearby home at Shaw Hall Farm, High Snowden.

Miss Reeve said a breath test had shown an alcohol level of 56 micrograms, with the limit being 35.

Campbell, who was not legally represented, told court chairman Teresa Brooke he was sorry and ashamed of himself. He had let both himself and his family down.

He said he fully realised the consequences of driving while over the limit and because of this he had not driven the previous night. ‘‘But now I am truly aware of the dangers of the morning after,’’ he said.

His actions had spoiled his Christmas and with a home in an isolated area without public transport his driving ban would impact on his holiday jobs, work experience and sporting commitments.