A self employed builder with a history of alcohol abuse wound up in court after crashing his van into an oncoming vehicle.
Scott John Counsell, 50, estimated that he had drunk 12 pints of Stella, the equivalent of more than 34 units of alcohol, over the course of a single evening. He claimed to have stopped at 3AM, but when the collision occurred six and a half hours later he was still found to have more than double the drink-drive limit in his system.
Defending Mr Counsell at Blackburn Magistrates Court, Helen Farnsworth said that the incident had already taken a severe toll.
“His partner ended the relationship which meant he was homeless, and he can’t continue to work as a self-employed builder.
“After the incident he went to see his doctor and is now engaging with drug and alcohol services.
“He has been accepted for a detox programme.”
Mr Counsell was given a community order for 12 months, along with a 10 day rehabilitation activity requirement. He was also ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and banned from driving for 20 months.
As IDIOTIC as drink-driving is in general, with around 3,000 people killed or seriously injured in drink-driving collisions every year, the consequences can have lasting effects on tradies.
Most working trade professionals rely heavily on their vehicles for getting themselves and their tools to and from customers. A ban from driving can thus be devastating for a tradie’s business, even if they get away uninjured.
Even so, drink-drivers rarely solicit any sympathy from the courts, as they shouldn’t. To put it simply: drive responsibly, or you could seriously ruin your life!