Mobility scooter drink-drive ban

A MAN has been banned from driving for 40 months after being caught twice the drink drive limit at the wheel of his wife’s mobility scooter.

Peter Marjoram, 55, of Hilda Raker Close, Wretham, had met his wife on Croxton Road at 4pm on December 21 after the battery in her mobility scooter ran out, Bury St Edmunds Magistrates were told last Thursday.

She got into a taxi to go home while Marjoram, who had been drinking, attempted to drive the scooter the 1.5 mile journey home. A witness saw him staggering about as he tried to drive the faulty scooter and called police.

At the police station it was found he had 74 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Marjoram pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and driving with excess alcohol. The court also heard how he has been convicted of a similar offence involving a mobility scooter in 2008.

Prosecuting, Rosalind Cappleman said: “When police attended the area around Croxton Road they saw him staggering from the left hand side of the mobility scooter – he appeared drunk. He was then asked to provide a specimen of breath but became aggressive towards the police officers.”

Lyndon Davies, in mitigation, said the DVLA’s definition of a road vehicle was if it could travel more than four miles an hour – the scooter had a top speed of eight.

He said: “This is very similar to an offence in 2008. His wife is disabled with multiple sclerosis and uses the mobility scooter. He knows he did wrong but did so out of desperation.”

Marjoram was disqualified from driving for 40 months, fined £250 and ordered to pay £15 victim surcharge and costs of £20. He was given no separate penalty for the drunk and disorderly charge.