Five-year driving ban for alcoholic former Leeds solicitor

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A RETIRED solicitor who staggered into a petrol station and put an empty bottle of wine in a bin has been banned from driving for five years.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard staff at the Fina petrol station in North Street, Wetherby, seized 64-year-old Trevor Beddoe’s car keys and called police during the incident just after 3pm on Monday November 11.

Beddoe was more than three-and-a-half-times the drink-drive limit when he got behind the wheel of his MGF sports car.

He told yesterday’s sentencing hearing he drove less than a mile from his home in Washburn Court, Wetherby, to the petrol station to buy a bag of coal for his fire.

Beddoe, who had previously admitted drinking and driving, told the court: “The offence itself was a matter of the utmost stupidity. I’d had a lot of wine to drink. The persons at the garage quite rightly and very public spiritedly stopped me and took my keys from me.”

Beddoe, who has previous convictions for drink-driving in 1999 and 2010, was a solicitor for more than 30 years who practised at courts across West Yorkshire – including Leeds and Wakefield.

He previously told magistrates he is an alcoholic who has battled a booze addiction since retiring from his profession around five years ago.

District Judge Adrian Lower sentenced Beddoe to a 12 month community order with a six-month alcohol treatment requirement. Beddoe was banned from driving for five years and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Judge Lower told Beddoe: “If you don’t comply with the community order, that will indicate clearly that you are not motivated to deal with a very big problem in your life. If that is the case, custody will be the only outcome.”

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