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Teesdale farmer and auction mart director convicted of drink driving
AN auction mart director who drove home after enjoying a couple of whiskies over a game of dominoes has been banned from driving for 15 months.
William Keith Dent crashed into a parked car when he drove from the Red Lion Pub at Cotherstone, near Barnard Castle, in County Durham, to his farm at the nearby village of Lartington on August 6.
The 73-year-old, who has been a director of Barnard Castle and Teesdale Farmers Auction Mart since 1990, pleaded guilty to drink driving at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court today (Wednesday, August 21).
Charges of failing to stop after a road accident and failing to report a road accident were dropped as it was determined Dent was in a state of shock after the collision and had been taken to his son’s house to receive treatment for a cut hand.
Sarah Traynor, prosecuting, said Dent had being playing dominoes at the pub for three hours when he decided to drive home in his VW Passat.
The collision occurred at around 12.30am on the B6277.
The court heard how Dent had blacked out and has no recollection of the accident.
A test revealed 57 microgrammes (mg) of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
John Ellwood, mitigating, said Dent, who has no previous convictions, had been farming since the age of ten and remained passionate about his profession.
“On this particular occasion, he has finished work at 9pm, gone to dominoes practice, ordered a couple of whiskies, played dominoes and decided to drive the mile-and-a-half journey home,” he said.
Dent was banned from driving for 15 months and was fined £200.
He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.