Driver mourning loss of mum arrested after ‘first drink in 5 years’

A man was caught over the drink-drive limit after having what he claimed was his first alcholic beverage in five years. David Manger, a DPD courier driver, had finished work and been invited by a friend to have a drink, Leicester Magistrates' Court heard. He said he had two vodkas on an empty stomach, and that he was not used to drinking alcohol, having quit years earlier for health reasons.

As he later accelerated his Peugeot 207 along Blackbird Road, in Leicester's Stadium Estate, late at night, he was watched by a police officer in a car. The officer followed Manger, but was unable to keep up with him without breaking the speed limit. However, Manger pulled over in Anstey Lane to get a meal from a food truck.

The police officer gave him a roadside breathtest, which he failed, and he was arrested. At the court on Friday, Manger pleaded guilty to drink-driving. Sentencing him, the magistrates said they felt "sympathy" for Manger after being told he had been dealing with the recent death of his mother.

READ MORE: Body found in water during search for missing man with links to Leicester Describing the incident, which happened at about 11.45pm on Thursday, August 18, prosecutor Manreet Sandhu said: "The officers could smell signs of intoxication and he stated he had drunk two vodkas. He told them, 'I was a bit quick accelerating - I apologise'."

After his arrest, Manger, 42, of Oronsay Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, was taken to Euston Street Police Station, in Leicester, where a further breath test gave a reading of 45 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes. David Rhodes, representing Manger, said: "He was contacted by a friend after work.

He hadn't eaten. His mother died in May, and since that time he's been dealing with depression and is on antidepressants. He has drunk two vodkas.

"He hadn't drunk for five years - a health decision he made. He hadn't drunk for such a long time it has had a major effect on him." Mr Rhodes told the court Manger had worked for DPD as a driver for three years and disqualification would leave him unable to work, although he hoped to get a job in a DPD warehouse instead.

Mr Rhodes also told the magistrates that being unable to drive would affect the quality of the time he spends with his two young daughters at weekends. He said Manger found being in court to face the charges both "scary" and "embarrassing". Manger was banned from driving for the next 12 months and fined GBP200.

He will also have to pay GBP85 court costs and an GBP80 victim surcharge.

Chairman of the bench Allan Walker told Manger: "Of course we have some sympathy, particularly with the death of your mother, and we realise this is going to have profound effects on you."

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