Devon

Drunken disabled man banned from mobility scooter

A disabled man who rode his invalid carriage along a pavement while drunk has been banned from driving.

David Gorman, 45, of Exeter, was three times over the drink-drive limit when police stopped him earlier in June.

He had a can of Special Brew resting on the mobility scooter and eight others with him, Exeter Magistrates heard.

Gorman, who admitted drinking and driving, was banned from driving any mechanically propelled vehicle for three years and fined £135.

Slurred speech

A breath test showed he had 104 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath - the legal limit is just 35.

When police stopped Gorman he smelt of alcohol and had slurred speech.

He told police he had just drunk one can of Special Brew and was about to drink another one.

Solicitor Rachel Bentley, defending, said her client's driving was not "inherently bad".

"No pedestrians were thrown into the road and he was not weaving off the pavement," she told the court.

Ms Bentley said Gorman, who has a previous drink-driving conviction, normally rode his scooter, which has a top speed of 8mph (13km/h), at less than 3mph (5k/h).

She conceded that Gorman drank more than was healthy or sensible for him.

The magistrates were told Gorman had to leave the Armed Forces in 1994 after being injured in training.

Ms Bentley said he lived on State benefits and urged the court to keep his driving disqualification to a minimum.

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