Drink-drive OAP’s apology



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A 79-year-old man has pleaded guilty to drink-driving after police followed his car when he left a pub.

George Willott, of Shopeth Way, Woodmansey, admitted having a couple of cans of beer at home before heading off to a pub where he had a further two pints, Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard.

Prosecuting, Thomas Ledden said police stopped Willott on Nicholson Close, off Grovehill Road, on August 1 after following his car from a nearby pub.

The court heard that his breathyliser reading was 44mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mg, and that he was taken to Clough Road police station in Hull.

Respresenting himself, Willott told the court he was sorry.

He said: “I don’t have any excuse. My wife had gone south because of family illness and I was left on my own.

“I invited my son who lives locally to come to the pub. Foolishly I decided to drive home.”

Magistrates banned him from driving for 14 months, but he told them he will never drive again after getting rid of his car.

Willott was also fined £110 and ordered to pay costs and victim surcharge of £100.

Having expected to be fined more, he said: “I will have some change because I drew out £1,000 from the bank before I arrived.”

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