Drink-driver made“terrible errorof judgement”

Date: Friday 21st December 2018

A PENRITH man who was caught drink-driving was said to have gone through “personal tragedy” at the time of the offence.

Simon Kess Humphrey (46), Drovers Lane, appeared at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where District Judge Gerald Chalk said he wanted to express his “sadness and sympathy” to both Humphrey and his wife.

Mr Lee Dacre, prosecuting, said that at 1-45am on 29th November Humphrey had called police to report he had crashed his Ford Focus in Ullswater Road, Penrith.

He told officers he had seen a person standing on the side of the road and it had panicked him, causing him to clip the kerb and crash into a wall.

He admitted drinking “three pints” before driving and was found to have 72mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, exceeding the 35mcg legal limit.

Humphrey, who was not represented by a solicitor and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, had handed documents into the judge. He told the court he had made a “terrible error of judgement” and would lose his work as a freelance project manager.

Judge Chalk said Humphrey had experienced personal tragedy at the time of the offence which had led to a lack of care in what he was doing. However, he had been at twice the legal limit and posed a danger to other road users.

Humphrey was disqualified from driving for 18 months, fined £400 and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.