Restaurant manager caught drunk driving loses promotion

A PROMOTION is pending after a restaurant manager was caught drunk driving in Worcester.

Ieuan Walters was caught driving drunk in Bath Road after being spotted by officers weaving down the carriageway.

The 23-year-old from Clare Road, Malvern, had no previous convictions when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

He was arrested by officers in his Skoda Fabia on March 7. The proof specimen was 44 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath, above the legal limit of 35 mcg.

Prosecuting Liz Blacklock said it was around 11pm when Walters first came to the attention of officers as he was driving along City Walls Road to Bath Road.

Miss Blacklock said: “He was arrested because the police noticed he had crossed the roadway. They had concerns and arrested him.”

Ian Paterson, defending, said Walters had a full-time job as the general manager of a chain of restaurants and was about to be placed on a promotion scheme for a job that would would require going to a number of restaurants.

“Unfortunately his court appearance today put an end to that. He hopes to be able to keep his job. This could result in a demotion for a period of time while he serves his period of disqualification,” Mr Paterson said. .

He explained that Walters had had a three-course meal and “a few drinks” but believed he would be “ok to drive”. Mr Paterson said Walters cooperated fully with roadside police.

Mr. Paterson asked that Walters be given full credit for his timely guilty plea. “I don’t think he even has endorsements on his license,” the attorney said.

Magistrates banned him from driving for 12 months and fined him £500. He was further ordered to pay a fine of £500 and costs of £135.

Walters was offered the drunk driver rehabilitation course which, if successfully completed and at his own expense, will reduce the disqualification by three months.

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