Grantham court: Driver found drunkenly ‘rolling face’ round steering wheel

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A 30-year-old was found by police rolling his face around his steering wheel.

Matthew Thorpe of Stephenson Close, Colsterworth, admitted being drunk in charge at Irnham on December 7, and to driving over the limit on December 17.

The first incident was reported to police by a pub landlord, who had seen that Thorpe was extremely drunk but still went out to his car. Officers arrived and found him in a Renault Kangoo, rolling his face around the steering wheel, although the engine wasn’t running and the keys were in his pocket.

Ten days later police were called by a member of the public concerned about Thorpe driving when drunk. He was pulled over and arrested after a breathalyser test. Rob Arthur, defending, said that his client had no previous convictions and that on December 7 his intention was to sleep in the vehicle. Mr Arthur said Thorpe’s problems with alcohol started when he was 16, and although he had been clean for a period of two years, the recent breakdown of his relationship had ‘knocked him sideways’. Thorpe was described as ‘very sorry that he had fallen off the wagon’ and had arranged to see his GP to get some help.

Magistrates disqualified Thorpe from driving for 22 months, with a concurrent disqualification of six months for being drunk in charge. He must also pay two fines of £110, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.