A WIGAN dad was caught three times over the drink driving limit after his partner refused access to his son.
David Heaton, of Belvedere Place, Worsley Mesnes, admitted to driving while above the alcohol limit and driving without due care and attention when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.
Katie Beattie, prosecuting, said that on February 6, police officers witnessed a Vauxhall Corsa, driven by Heaton, pull out in front of them in Sherwood Drive.
She said: “He was driving recklessly, not giving way at a junction and officers believed he was travelling at 50mph. He left the road and crashed into a bus stop.
“The officers got out and saw the driver crying in the driver’s seat. The front of the car was damaged and the bus stop had been smashed. He was clearly upset and accepted he had been drinking.”
Heaton was arrested and a test found he was almost three times over the legal limit for driving.
Louise Barrow, defending, said the 32-year-old was due to see his six-year-old son whom he had not seen in four months, but his ex-partner changed her mind.
They argued on the phone and Heaton, who has no previous convictions, drove to the pub to calm down, but had not intended to drink.
Ms Barrow said: “He decided he would not drink but had three pints. He said he made a stupid decision to get in the car. He accepts it was ridiculous.
“He complied with the procedures and spent the night in custody. For someone with no previous convictions, this was difficult enough.
“He accepts it was out of character and he did something stupid. He has never been in the situation before and was extremely upset.”
Sentencing Heaton, the chairman of the magistrates said: “The sad point is that you were of previous good character. Unfortunately you have lost that now, which is a shame. You were almost three times over the legal amount.”
He was given a 12-month community order, with 100 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £145 victim surcharge. He was also disqualified from driving for 25 months, which would be reduced if he attended a drink driving rehabilitation course.