Driver disqualified

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HAVING to wait too long for a taxi led to a man getting behind the wheel of his own car when he was twice over the drink drive limit.

John Joel Mejorada, 38, told last Wednesday’s Bridlington Magistrates’ Court he had no previous convictions for drink driving and he would not do that, but on this occasion, had no choice.

Jayne Wilson, prosecuting, said in the early hours of Sunday March 6, police had stopped Mr Mejorada’s Chevrolet Captica, which they believed could have jumped the traffic lights on Bessingby Road, Bridlington at its junction with Hilderthorpe Road.

“When they spoke to the driver they noticed he smelled of alcohol. He was given a roadside breath test which proved positive and was taken to Bridlington Police Station to give further samples which showed he had 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35,” said Mrs Wilson.

Mr Mejorada, of St John’s Avenue West, who was unrepresented at the hearing and pleaded guilty to driving over the limit, said he had tried to get a taxi to take himself and his family home, but had been told one was not immediately available.

After waiting for 30 minutes for a taxi to arrive outside in the cold with his wife and two young children, he decided to drive them himself.

“The children were crying with the cold. We thought about walking but my wife is asthmatic and would not have been able to carry one of the children, it was too far to walk, so I decided to drive.

“I did it for my kids, it was very cold, I did not have a choice,” he said.

He was fined £100, with court costs of £85 and victim surcharge of £15, and disqualified from driving for 17 months.