Banned drink driver went out in car as it was a 'nice day'

This is The West Country: Banned drink driver went out in car as it was a 'nice day' Banned drink driver went out in car as it was a 'nice day'

Banned from driving earlier this year by a court, for drink driving, a Mullion man felt trapped in his home without his licence - and despite a warning from his partner, decided he would go for a drive.

At Truro Magistrates' Court Martin Denton, aged 56, of St Mellans Terrace, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance at Cury on May 24.

Alison May, for the CPS, said he was disqualified for three years in March for two drink driving offences on dates in February.

On May 24 a police officer saw him driving and recognised the number plate and description of his car. When he saw the car shortly afterwards it was parked in a field gateway and had a female in the driving seat.

Denton admitted he was disqualified and said he was sorry. He said he and his partner were going out and he decided to drive even though she had told him it was not a good idea.

Feeling particularly helpless since having lost his licence, and trapped in the home because of it day by day, when it was a nice day he wanted to drive and did so.

He had seen the police car and tried to get off the road, then swapping seats with his partner.

Denton was given an 18 week prison sentence suspended for two years and told to pay £165 costs and surcharge.

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1:07pm Tue 10 Jun 14

meerkats says...

Feeling helpless and trapped at home, should have thought of the consequences before drink driving, once would have been bad enough but twice in the same month !!
Feeling helpless and trapped at home, should have thought of the consequences before drink driving, once would have been bad enough but twice in the same month !! meerkats
  • Score: 5

2:51pm Tue 10 Jun 14

meerkats says...

hope his partner was given a talking too ,for agreeing to get in the drivers seat .
hope his partner was given a talking too ,for agreeing to get in the drivers seat . meerkats
  • Score: 6

4:22pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Helston John says...

Trapped in the home,,, don't they have buses in Mullion, or anywhere to walk?
Trapped in the home,,, don't they have buses in Mullion, or anywhere to walk? Helston John
  • Score: 16

6:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

molesworth says...

As I knew an sweet elderly lady who was killed by a drunk driver (hit and run and left to die slowly over 6 hours lying in a ditch - they caught the driver eventually) you will understand my sentiments when it comes to anyone who drinks and drives. I think this person should have been locked away.
As I knew an sweet elderly lady who was killed by a drunk driver (hit and run and left to die slowly over 6 hours lying in a ditch - they caught the driver eventually) you will understand my sentiments when it comes to anyone who drinks and drives. I think this person should have been locked away. molesworth
  • Score: 2

7:29pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

What, no comment from Gill? would this be because it is Mullion?
i agree with molesworth, lock them up. Says he was warned by his partner yet she still went in the car with him, so in my eyes that makes her guilty as well because she knew he was banned.
What, no comment from Gill? would this be because it is Mullion? i agree with molesworth, lock them up. Says he was warned by his partner yet she still went in the car with him, so in my eyes that makes her guilty as well because she knew he was banned. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 3

9:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Gill Z Martin says...

I think first offence for anyone, should be a year or so ban, second offence, ten year ban, third offence, banned for life. Anyone caught driving whilst disqualified should have their car crushed.
I think first offence for anyone, should be a year or so ban, second offence, ten year ban, third offence, banned for life. Anyone caught driving whilst disqualified should have their car crushed. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 5

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