Wrong way driver is given 18-month ban

A 34-YEAR-OLD man who drove the wrong way up a one-way street after an argument with his partner has been banned from the road for drink driving.

Jay Speller, of Antigua Close, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Friday (August 19) having pleaded guilty to the drink driving offence on August 5.

The court heard he had been out for a meal with his partner and had been drinking for most of the evening.

The couple had a row and police noticed the altercation in the town centre.

Speller was then spotted driving his car the wrong way down Bolton Road and was stopped by police. The officers could smell alcohol on his breath and he failed a roadside breath test.

His reading was 96mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35mcg.

Antony Stannard, defending, said, “The consequences of today’s conviction are going to be quite severe for him.”

He told magistrates the driving ban would cause problems for Speller because he would not be able to pick up his young daughter every other weekend from her home in Whitstable.

“This incident has had a sobering effect on him,” said Mr Stannard.

“He says he hasn’t had a drink since this incident and is very disappointed in himself being before the court this morning.”

Magistrates imposed an 18-month driving ban and ordered Speller to pay a £485 fine and a £15 surcharge. He was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs.

He was given the chance to reduce his ban by four months by taking the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course.