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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Carlisle dad over drink-drive limit when he went to pick up son

Magistrates have banned a man from driving after he drove to his ex-wife’s house to pick up his son while over the alcohol limit.

Adam McAleney, 34, told Carlisle Magistrates’ Court that he had been drinking at his works Christmas party the previous day and into the morning, but believed he was fit to drive.

McAleney, of Diggle Road, Longsowerby, Carlisle admitted drink-driving on December 14.

Magistrates imposed fines and legal costs which totalled £580, and banned him from driving for 14 months.

Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, described how McAleney’s former wife told police that he arrived at her home in Dalston at 10.20am.

She said: “He was picking up their son to take him to a football match at school in Carlisle.”

An argument broke out between McAleney and his ex-wife because she could smell alcohol on his breath and felt he was under the influence. She locked herself in the house and called the police.

Officers arrived to find the McAleney sitting in his car outside the house, with the engine still running. He told them that he was waiting to take his son to the football match.

The officers carried out a roadside breath test, which confirmed that he was over the drink-drive limit.

Presiding magistrate David Taylor asked McAleney: “What if anything had happened to you while you were driving with your own flesh and blood in that car?

“You chose to drive that car and put your son at risk.”

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