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Monday, 06 July 2015 (3067715)
Drink drive hospice chef sipped from can of cider at wheel of car
by Guest

A HOSPICE chef has appeared in court for drink-driving after he was spotted sipping from a can of cider when behind the wheel.

Following what his solicitor said was a “moment of stupidity and madness” William Cook, 57, of Netherton Green, was stopped in his Mazda by police on St Oswalds Lane, Bootle, on 8.15pm on June 4, and breathalysed.

After failing the roadside test, he was further breath tested and after yielding results of 67 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath (the legal limit being 35mcg/100ml)) he appeared at Sefton Magistrates Court on July 1 where he pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Solicitor Andrew Otto said that Cook is a chef at a hospice situated on the grounds of Aintree University Hospital. He had been drinking 4 or 5 cans of cider over a long period during the day and did not think he was would be affected, he said, and when he went to fetch a takeaway he bought some more cans.

“The madness came when on the way he opened one can and consumed some of it. He was seen but in fairness to him there was nothing untoward about the manner of his driving,” Mr Otto said, adding that he would now need to cycle or take a bus to work: “He is devastated by his stupidity and is going to suffer as a result,” he said.

Fining him £320, ordering that he pay £267 in accumulated costs, and banning him from driving for 18 months, the magistrates said that it was an aggravating feature that he was drinking at the time he was drink-driving.

“It beggars belief to be perfectly honest,” said the Chairman Mr Grindley, “It’s bad enough to be driving with excess alcohol but to be actually drinking from a can of alcohol at the time is just totally unacceptable.”

Mr Cook was offered the opportunity to reduce the ban by a quarter if he takes the drink-driving awareness course.


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