An old age pensioner, who has held a clean driving licence for 55 years, has been banned from driving after care home staff alerted Police to him drinking alcohol from a hip flask.
Dennis Sinfield, 73, of Youngwoods Way in Alverstone Garden Village, found himself in court on Tuesday morning charged with drink driving.
The court heard from prosecutor Rhys Evans that it was on 27th April this year, at 13:00 in the afternoon, that care home staff alerted Police to Sinfield’s drinking whilst visiting his wife.
Police responded to the area and witnessed the 73-year-old pull out of the care home on The Broadway in Sandown. Sinfield was subsequently pulled over and provided a positive breathalyser reading.
He later blew 47 at custody.
Henry Farley, defending, said that his client had held a clean licence since 1967 and would not have driven if he thought he was over the limit. Mr Farley explained that Sinfield’s partner of 39 years requested some alcohol in the care home, then insisted he shared some of it with her.
Mr Farley explained the financial strain the pensioner is under with £1,250-a-week care home costs on a £700 a month income. He also noted the remote location where he lives.
Magistrates recognised that it was a sad case, but banned Sinfield from driving for the minimum of 12 months. They went outside their guidelines and issued a fine of £50 with a £34 surcharge – no costs.
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