A man suspected of drink driving has escaped a ban after telling the judge he was an estate agent and would lose his job if he was unable to drive.
26-year-old Sebastian Drewell who lives and works on the Isle of Wight, was seen drinking one Sunday in February at a pub on the island and then getting in his Ford Fiesta car to drive home. He was subsequently reported to local police by a woman who had seen him driving off.
Drewell’s car was found by officers on Carters Road in Ryde with severe damage to its front end and with deployed air bags, next to a mangled tree. Drewell could not be found by officers in the area.
The next morning the young branch manager handed himself in to police, admitting to both driving without due care and attention, and failing to stop after hitting a tree.
Out of control
Drewell, who runs the Newport office of a four-branch agency on the island, told police that he had driven around a corner too fast and spun out of control and then panicked after the accident. He told police he had only consumed two drinks that day.
At his court appearance Drewell’s defence lawyer said he was an estate agent and wouldn’t be able to work if he had his driving licence taken away.
Magistrates gave Drewell ten points on his licence, and a 12-month community order to include 300 hours of unpaid work. He was fined £340, and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 surcharge.