SEAFORD: Banned drink-driver teacher blamed powerful medication

AN INSOMNIAC teacher who has been banned from the road for more than three-and-a-half years for drink driving has blamed his ‘powerful medication’.

Nicholas Pile, of the Esplanade in Seaford, appeared at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning (January 18) and pleaded guilty to drink driving on the A259 in Bishopstone.

Fifty-two-year-old Pile took a breath test when he was stopped by police on January 8.

The test measured 88mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal driving limit being 35mcg.

Prosecutor Kevin Thomson told the magistrates that police were following the defendant when they saw him misjudge a turning and then end up in some chevrons.

Pile was pulled over by the officers and when he got out of his Vauxhall Frontera he handed the police his keys and said, ‘I have had too much to drink’.

After failing a roadside breath test he was taken to Eastbourne custody centre where he failed a second test.

The court heard that Pile had been banned from the road in 2001 after a drink driving offence.

Jay Shah, defending, explained Pile is a father-of-three and a teacher at a residential school.

He told magistrates Pile was not a regular drinker and was taking ‘powerful medication’ for his insomnia which had an effect on his memory.

Mr Shah said, “He thought that he had gone to sleep but later accepts that he was found in the vehicle.”

Mr Shah added, “He realises the seriousness of the possible consequences and has shown great remorse.”

Magistrates sentenced Pile to a 44-month disqualification.

He will be able to reduce his ban to three years if he takes the drink driver rehabilitation course.

The court also fined Pile £500 for the offence and ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.