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In 2016 I represented Mr B who was charged with drink driving. He had been the passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a minor road accident in a town centre very early hours of the morning. Unbeknown to him the driver had been drinking and immediately after the accident left the scene. The vehicle could not be safely left where it had come to rest and so my client carefully drove it a short distance to safely park it. Police arrived as the event was being caught on CCTV. He was breathalysed, was over the limit and was charged with drink driving. I successfully argued special reasons based on emergency and the shortness of distance driven. The judge exercised discretion not to disqualify him but to order his licence to be endorsed with penalty points instead.

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