A 27-year-old pub chef pleaded guilty to driving whilst under the influence of alcohol when he appeared before Magistrates on Tuesday (19th October).
Thomas Fry, of Newport Road in Cowes, appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court following an incident that took place on 19th September.
The court heard that Fry had been stopped whilst walking through Cowes town centre by officers on patrol. The officers noticed that he was drunk and advised him to refrain from driving home.
Just minutes later, shortly after 23:30, Fry was seen by the same officers walking towards a car parked in a car park off St Mary’s Road.
Liz Miller, prosecuting, told Magistrates that Fry was then seen to drive at speed along Newport Road. Officers gave chase but were unable to keep up due to the speed at which the vehicle was travelling.
After eventually locating the vehicle in St Faiths Road, officers spotted Fry quickly turn off the vehicle’s lights before finding him still sitting in the driving seat.
He was made to undergo a roadside breath test which returned a reading of 78mg per 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35. He was subsequently arrested.
Fry, who before the incident held a clean license, received a 20-month disqualification and was ordered to pay a £276 fine alongside £85 in costs and a £34 surcharge.
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