Driving lesson


A Dominos delivery driver caught driving drunk for the third time in 6 years when his car broke down on the side of the road has been handed a 4-year driving ban.

David Miles, 33, of Cedar Drive in Shanklin, blew 2.5 times the drinking limit – 96 – when he was arrested by police on January 21 this year.

The Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday that police were traveling along Newport Road, Hale Common at 11.35pm when they encountered a disabled vehicle. Officers pulled over to help move the Honda Jazz to safety, with Miles steering the vehicle and 2 officers pushing from behind.

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However, after the Jazz was driven by Miles, it became clear that the vehicle was not the other issue to be dealt with. While carrying out standard vehicle checks, a marker alerted officers to a report earlier in the night that the vehicle had swerved onto the pavement and onto a bank in Arreton, with the driver also seen drinking from a can in the Morrisons parking lot. A roadside breathalyzer was conducted, which Miles failed.

Magistrates heard from the Crown that Miles, who said he drove for 9 hours on the day of his arrest, had previously been convicted of drink-driving in 2015 and again in 2018, with his last ban only ended only in December 2021. It was getting behind the wheel and steering that led to the latest drunk driving charge in court, albeit under police instruction.

In defence, Mr Osborne said his client was no longer working as a delivery driver and had started a new job as a chef at Shanklin. Little mitigation was offered other than stating that Miles’ mother was quite ill with kidney disease.

Given Miles’ previous convictions and the fact that he was driving for reward, magistrates issued a 48-month driving ban and ordered him to complete a 12-month community order with 20 days of rehabilitation, as well as pay a £120 fine, £85 fee and £95 surcharge.

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