52-year-old Mark Derek Alston has been handed a 3-year driving ban after admitting drink driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.
It was on 6th September last year that a Ford Fiesta was spotted in the St John’s Road area of Ryde driving in a manner that led witnesses to believe the driver was drunk.
Police followed up on the report and went to the vehicle’s registered address in Brading, where they found Alston. He admitted to being the driver of the vehicle.
Officers breathalysed Mark and he blew 71, later blowing 52 on the evidential breathalyser at Newport Police Station.
Defending, Oscar Vincent said his client suffers from seizures and is in constant pain. On the day of the offence, he was under pressure and stress with worries about his elderly mother going into care. He is also said to suffer from long term depression and anxiety.
The court heard how the 52-year-old had previously been convicted of drug driving in 2017.
Mark Alston, of Mallfield Terrace in Brading, pleaded guilty to drink driving (52), driving without insurance, driving otherwise in accordance with a license. Magistrates handed down a 36-month driving disqualification and issued £280 in fines. He was also ordered to pay £100 costs with a £34 surcharge.
Alston also admitted possession of a Class B drug (cannabis) for which there was no separate penalty. The cannabis has been ordered to be destroyed.