Elmswell father drove as he feared for his son - court told

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A FATHER, who drove after drinking because he was afraid for the safety of his mentally ill son, has been banned from driving for a year.

Derek Stewart Lee Oliver, 58, of Eastern Way, Elmswell, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol – 76 micrograms to 100 millilitres of breath – at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

David Stewart, on his behalf, said: “This is a sad case for Mr Oliver. He went out for a drink with friends and walked home where he found his son had disappeared.”

Mr Stewart said Oliver was the sole carer for his 25-year-old son, who had had paranoid schizophrenia since he was six and was not safe out alone. He had recently found his son hanging from a tree.

Oliver was banned for 12 months, to be reduced by three months on completion of a course and fined £180 with £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £15. His licence was endorsed.