Drink drive MoD man sentenced

A SCARBOROUGH man who has served in the Ministry of Defence for 29 years has been sentenced for drink driving.

David Clarke, 56, of Seamer Road, drove his Seat Toledo into a grass verge off Seavengate, East Ayton, on June 26.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said that police recorded a reading of 65 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, almost twice the legal limit of 35, after they attended the scene of the collision and arrested Clarke.

Clarke had no previous cautions or convictions.

Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said that his client had made a “miscalculation” and had only crashed his car after he was forced to swerve.

He said: “He accepted an invitation to a party in Manchester. He went by train and had five to six pints then returned to Scarborough the following day.”

That afternoon, Mr Garvey said Clarke had two glasses of wine. He added: “He then decides to go for a run in his car and that was his fatal mistake.”

Clarke was banned from driving for 17 months.

He was also fined £500, told to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.