A Whitby plumber who drank more than twice the legal limit has been disqualified from driving after crashing into road signs.
Self-employed Lee Perrett, of Westbourne Road, Whitby, pleaded guilty to drink driving after two witnesses called the police at around 1am on January 24 to report a van had smashed into road signs on Ruswarp Lane.
Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard that the 28-year-old was more than twice the legal limit when he got behind the wheel. Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said Perrett caused damage and made off at speed. As a result, Perrett’s Mercedes Sprinter van had sustained damage and was making screeching noises.
A police officer followed Perrett’s van until the van came to a stop after crashing into some bollards near Whitby Train Station, the court heard. The officer spoke to Perrett, who failed to provide a breath test, and was arrested. Robert Vining, defending, said: “He accepts that this is a wake-up call and he was drinking too much. The disqualification is going to be a major problem for his business. He is now having to pay someone more to be the driver for the business. He has turned to drinking alcohol following his failed relationship. But since the incident, he has not touched another drop.”
Perrett is yet to hear from National Rail and the county council regarding the damage he caused to their property. Disqualifying Perrett from driving for 19 months, chairman of the bench, Mr Barnett, said: “This offence will have long-term implications for you.” Perrett was also ordered to pay a £350 fine, £85 costs and a £35 surcharge.