Court bans drink drive offender

AN ENGINEER could lose his job after being caught drink-driving.

Arran Fairweather, of The Crescent, was stopped by police after a concerned taxi driver called them.

Eastbourne magistrates court heard the 22-year-old was seen swerving across the road and came to a rest on the A22.

Police attended the scene and saw the defendant walking back towards his home address.

The court heard he smelt strongly of alcohol and was in possession of keys to the vehicle.

A urine sample showed he had 176mcg of alcohol in 100ml of urine. The legal limit is 107mcg.

Fairweather pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at a hearing at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on December 29.

He later said he had swerved to avoid a fox and ended up on the kerb.

David Alexander, defending, said, “It’s an early guilty plea, please give credit if you can.

“He had been drinking and the car was outside his home.

“He was upset as his grandfather had died a few weeks before that.

“He went home and it wasn’t his intention to drive but he had a text from his girlfriend who lives in Hailsham and he drove up there.”

After his client swerved in the road Mr Alexander said he pulled over as he felt it wasn’t safe to go any further, adding, “He was assaulted and thrown into a bush.

“The police arrived and he was found to be over the drink drive limit.

“He’s an engineer and he will have to wait to see if he loses his job or not.

“He’s never been before a court before and this is extremely traumatic for him.”

Fairweather was banned from driving for 12 months and told he could reduce this by three months if he successfully completes a drink driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £330 and must pay a £15 victim surcharge and 375 costs.