A Lincolnshire man, appointed as an “appropriate adult” to deal with children and vulnerable persons, has pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Boston Magistrates Court after crashing his car into a lamppost.
In a “very foolish and rash decision” Jonathan Joyce, 51, took a drive in his car after drinking a bottle of wine.
Marie Stace, for the prosecution, told the court that Joyce blamed ice on the road after crashing into the lamp at around midnight on January 21.
He admitted to officers that he had been driving when they arrived on the scene and that beforehand he had consumed two large glasses of white wine – approximately one bottle – before setting out. He told them he was “thankful” that no-one was hurt.
Following his arrest, tests showed Joyce to have 102mcg alcohol per 100ml breath, the legal limit is 35mcg.
Michael Alexander, in mitigation, described his client as being of a “positive good character” who had no previous convictions.
“He made a very foolish and rash decision to go for a drive,” he said, “but made no attempt to leave the scene and waited for the police.”
He went on to explain that Joyce was employed by Lincolnshire County Council as an “appropriate adult” taking care of children and vulnerable adults in police custody – a job that requires him to drive all over the county. As a result of the driving ban and criminal record, he is no longer able to hold that position.
After pleading guilty to the charges, Magistrates banned Joyce from the roads for two years as well as imposing a fine of £666 plus £151 in costs and charges. The ban may be reduced by 24 weeks on completion of the drink-drivers rehabilitation course.