Driver mixed alcohol and medication

A 32-YEAR-OLD man who mixed alcohol and anti-depressants crashed his car into a wall and has been given a driving ban.

Stephen Dumbell, of Friday Street, appeared at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Friday morning (April 8) and pleaded guilty to driving over the limit.

He was found to be drunk and distressed when officers attended the scene of the accident on March 25 and he admitted he had consumed too much alcohol.

He blew a reading of 72mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - just over twice the legal limit of 35mcg.

Police found his vehicle had left the road in Pennine Way and crashed in to a wall.

Stuart Grace, defending, said Dumbell did not remember much about the incident and had woken up in the police station.

Mr Grace said, “The anti-depressants acted together with the alcohol.

“He has a three-year-old son and he had split with the mother of that son which seems to be the cause of the depression.

“He is not disregarding the issues he has and is dealing with them in a sensible way.”

Mr Grace told the magistrates it was ‘regrettable’ that the friends he had been drinking with had allowed him to get behind the wheel.

Magistrates imposed a £175 fine and ordered Dumbell to pay £85 in court costs and a £15 surcharge.

He was also disqualified for 18 months but given the chance to take the drink drivers rehabilitation course to reduce his ban.