Motorist given 20-month ban

A GRIEVING father was found to be driving while over the limit on the way to his son’s resting place, a court heard on Friday (May 27).

John Earl, 64, was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £400 after police caught him drink driving on the way to mourn his son.

He was stopped by police in St Anthony’s Avenue in Eastbourne when they saw him driving slowly and drifting into the other side of the road.

Earl, of Sneads Close in East Grinstead, was found to have 84 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – more than twice over the drink driving limit of 35 microgrammes.

Earl, from East Grinstead, pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Tim Stirmey, defending, said it was a sad state of circumstances, with Earl going through a long, bitter divorce. Earl lost his son 15 years ago.

Mr Stirmey said, “On the evening in question Mr Earl said he had been drinking, had some wine and made a fateful decision to go and see his son’s last resting place while no-one else was around.”

Magistrates fined Earl £450 and banned him from driving for 20 months.