District Judge Steve Nicholls issued an order prohibiting drunk-driving offender John Peter Langley from entering any Dorset nightclub or pub for three months after hitting a pedestrian. Langley is also banned from driving for three years and six months.
Sitting at Weymouth Magistrates Court, the District Judge further ordered Langley to pay costs of £500, compensation of £100 and a victim surcharge of £60. The offender will also have to provide unpaid service for 130 hours.
The 29-year-old Langley has been found driving under the influence with 50 microgrammes of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of breath, which is beyond the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
He admitted to "driving while disqualified" with his ban order issued a few weeks before the latest pedestrian incident. Moreover, he admitted to "driving without due care and attention" (careless driving) as well as failing to stop after an accident.
Rejected by a Woman
In February, Langley tried to engage with a charity worker in a pub in Ferndown, Prosecutor Elizabeth Vallera disclosed to the court. She further related that the woman thought he was interested in the organisation she was working for. But once she knew of his intention, she rejected him and since then his attitude changed.
Vallera further said that Langley went into his car and that the charity worker tried to convince him not to drive, knowing that he had been drinking. He went off but later on, came back and drove into Robert Brown who was in the area at that time, she added.
In a statement, Brown said that Langley was acting "stupidly and dangerously" but also acknowledged that everyone "makes mistakes". He also said that he doesn't want anything serious to happen to the driver, further stating "I only want him to learn his lesson."
Although left with bruises, Brown didn't require treatment after the incident.
Alcohol and Driving
The Dorset Police stresses that drinking and driving is socially unacceptable, as alcohol affects the driver's judgement of speed and distance as well as the reaction times. Although people have different levels of tolerance for alcohol, not drinking before driving remains the only safe option.
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