A Harley Street anaesthetist who was caught drink driving with his 2 young sons in the back has been disqualified from driving for 16 months.
48-year-old Dr Vippendeep Gill, of Elm Road in London, pleaded guilty to drink driving when he appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Ann Smout, prosecuting, explained to the court that Police had received a call from a concerned member of the public at 16:25 on 30th August this year. It was reported to the authorities that a Range Rover had been seen driving ‘all over the road’ and had collided with a hedge.
Officers were deployed to the area of Newport and located Dr Gill, who was visiting the Island with his children, at Sainsbury’s Petrol Station. A roadside breath test was conducted with a reading of 48 recorded, which dropped to 47 on the evidential breathalyser at Newport Police Station.
In his defence, Dr Gill said at the time that his children had been messing around in the rear of the car which may have explained his driving.
The court heard from the defendant’s solicitor that Dr Gill had consumed 1 glass of wine at Tapnell Farm that afternoon and did not think he would be unfit to drive. Dr Gill’s solicitor said his client was sorry that he drove on the day in question.
Gill was previously convicted of drink driving in 1997.
Magistrates handed Gill a 16-month driving ban and fined him £761, as well as ordering him to pay £85 costs and a £76 surcharge.