Man arrested in York for drink driving with child in the car

Photograph: North Yorkshire Police
8 Dec 2015 @ 9.27 am
| Crime
The message: don't drink and drive. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police
The message: don’t drink and drive. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police

A man arrested for drink driving in York had a child in the car with him at the time of the offence.

The arrest was one of 23 made in the first week of Operation Attention, North Yorkshire Police’s Christmas drink and drug drive campaign.

Officers pulled over the driver in York last Friday morning (December 4). In a breathalyser test the 32-year-old man provided a reading nearly double the legal limit.

He blew 60 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Officers said there was a child in the car with him.

As a result of Operation Attention, 14 people across the county have been charged. Two from York will appear at the Magistrates’ Court this week.

The highest reading so far has been provided on the fourth day of the campaign, by a 44-year-old woman arrested in Scarborough who blew 141 micrograms – four times the legal limit

‘Devastation and heartbreak’

Alongside detecting drink driving, officers are also operating roadside drug screening tests.

Already there have been two positive results for drug driving – a 67-year-old man who is currently on police bail and the other a 29-year-old man, who is also on bail.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton of the force’s roads policing group said:

Every Christmas we try and educate people about the devastation and heartbreak that drink and drug driving can cause.

Anyone who is considering driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs should know that we will be out and about waiting.

If you are convicted, be aware that you face disqualification from driving, a hefty fine and the possibility of a prison sentence.

He asked members of the public to be vigilant.

If you have information about anyone who is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the details to the Force Control Room.