10-pint coach driver is jailed for a month
Saturday 16th March 2013, 12:00PM GMT.
AN ON-DUTY driver who backed his coach into a wall while over the drink-drive limit has been sent to prison for four weeks.
David Thomson, 46, of Ventor, The Grange, St Peter Port, admitted a charge of drink-driving when he appeared in the Magistrate’s Court.
Prosecuting advocate Rory Calderwood told the court how police had been dealing with an unrelated road accident at Route Militaire, St Sampson’s at about 11.45pm on a Saturday.
The crash had blocked the road and nothing could get through. Thomson found his path blocked by the incident and while attempting to turn his coach around, he caused extensive damage to a wall that he backed into near the junction with Robergerie Road.
A breath test revealed 61 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of his breath. The legal limit is 35.
There were no passengers on the coach but Thomson was on his way to collect a party of young adults.
Judge Philip Robey said the defendant was clearly a hard working responsible member of society who was unlikely to trouble the court again. He could have full credit for his previous clean record, early guilty plea, and co-operation with police.
Thomson was also banned from driving for two years.