A man found driving his Kia in a Ryde car park whilst believed to be drunk pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath when he appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
34-year-old Martin Cooper of Barfield, Ryde, was seen by patrolling police officers to be driving erratically in the Superbowl car park on the night of 3rd September.
Liam Hunter, prosecuting, told the court that Cooper’s Kia Cee’d was seen to miss a speedbump and collide with a roadside kerb before officers pulled him over. Cooper was then seen to stumble out of the vehicle and sway whilst standing.
James Farley, defending, said that Cooper had left his home that evening following an argument with his wife and taken a duvet and cans of beer with him in the car with the plan to drink them alone and sleep in his vehicle.
Mr Farley told Magistrates that whilst parked in the car park, Martin Cooper became aware of a group of youths congregating and acting noisily prompting him to decide to drive to a ‘quiet corner’. It was at this point that he was noticed by officers.
The self-employed father – who has a previous drink-drive conviction – was ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. He was also banned from driving for 36 months and must pay £85 in costs alongside a £95 surcharge.