Court dates for drink drivers

TC Rick Harper, of Harrogate Police.

TC Rick Harper, of Harrogate Police.

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A drink driver has been banned from the road for 18 months after reversing into an off-duty police officer at a McDonald’s drive thru.

The 25-year-old Harrogate man was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday, June 6, after the crash at the St James’ Retail Park in Knaresborough.

When breathalysed, he recorded a reading of 76 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - more than twice the legal limit of 35 micrograms.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, who is coordinating a summer campaign against drink and drug driving for North Yorkshire Police, said: “It is astounding that despite all the warnings and well-documented dangers of drink and drug driving that people are still willing to take a chance.”

Appearing before magistrates in Harrogate last Thursday, the 25-year-old was banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay costs of £85.

Sgt Andy Graham, of Harrogate Police, said: “It’s easy for people to go out and have fun, but they have to think about how they are going to get home.

“They have to think of the consequences of drinking and driving, not only to themselves but to the community at large.

“At the end of the day we are talking about deaths. Fatal injuries and road traffic collisions impact on everybody’s lives.”

The summer campaign, run by North Yorkshire Police against drink and drug driving, has already seen 44 arrests countywide in June

Of those arrested, 26 have been charged to court with eight drink drivers already banned from the roads.

Eleven suspected drink or drug drivers are currently on police bail pending further enquiries and six have been released without further action.

Among those charged is a 47-year-old woman from Harrogate, who was handed a 28 month driving ban after testing more than three-and-a-half-times over the limit.

She was arrested on Hookstone Chase on Thursday, June 7, after her car rolled back into another vehicle. When breathalysed, she tested 119 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

She was also given a 24 month conditional discharge and fined £75 costs after appearing at Harrogate Magistrates Court last Thursday.