41-year-old Thabini Madosa has been banned from the roads for 18 months after being caught behind the wheel whilst twice the drink-drive limit.
Madosa, a chartered accountant from Hawthorn Meadows in East Cowes, was stopped by Police during the early hours of 7th November.
Ann Smout, prosecuting, detailed to the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday how Police were parked up at the Esplanade in Ryde when they spotted a vehicle driving along the seafront with no lights on. Officers followed the Suzuki for a time, witnessing the vehicle swerving and turning erratically. At the traffic lights in the High Street, the lights turned red and the vehicle stopped. However, when the lights when green Madosa failed to set off. It was at this point that Police stopped the car.
Officers could immediately tell Madosa had been drinking as his speech was slurred. He claimed that he hadn’t been drinking due to his religion, but went on to blow 72 at the roadside. The legal limit is 35.
His wife, who was a passenger in the car, was also drunk, the court heard. She was trying to comfort her husband, who had his head in his hands.
Defending, Barry Arnett said that Madosa had made a ‘grave error of judgement’. He detailed that his client is currently studying for a PhD and is therefore living on the income of his wife.
Magistrates handed down an 18-month driving disqualification and ordered Thabini Madosa to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £34 surcharge.
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