Disabled driver banned for 12 months

A DISABLED man was found slumped drunk in the seat of his buggy after crashing into a parked car.

David Deeprose, 61, of Eversley Close, St Leonards, had initially pleaded not guilty to driving while unfit through drink but the trial collapsed halfway through when it was revealed that police had downloaded information from the road-side breath testing machine, which showed a breath reading of 75mg of alcohol – the legal limit being 35mg. Deeprose, who is of previously good character, changed his plea to guilty.

Mark Kateley, prosecuting, said: “A collision took place in Eversley Road on September 4 last year when Mr Deeprose crashed his Secma vehicle into a parked car.

“He was found slumped across the seat and smelled strongly of alcohol and his speech was slurred.”

Roz Crook, defending, said: “He was unable to supply a blood test due to his medical condition.

“A urine sample was taken but correct procedure was not followed.

“That is why he pleaded not guilty at first.” Judge Peter Crabtree banned Deeprose from driving for 12 months and fined him £120, telling him: “You were a danger to yourself and others.”

He was also ordered to pay £200 towards the cost of the collapsed trial.