AN executive chef was disqualified from driving for three years after he was caught urinating in a couple’s front garden after drinking “a large amount of vodka”.
Thomas Carr, 30, of Seymour Villas, Woolacombe, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Barnstaple Magistrates’ Court on Friday, April 25.
The court heard that police had been called by the home-owners on the afternoon of March 23.
When officers pulled Carr over, he initially refused to get out of the car, swore at them and refused to take a breath test.
He was taken into custody and breathalysed and gave a reading of a reading of 103 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
The court heard that when in custody, Carr broke down in tears, apologising to officers and told them he had been planning to commit suicide.
Carr told officers that two weeks before he arrested his nine-year-old son had been involved a serious road traffic collision and he had been struggling to cope.
A probation report told the court that Carr was seeing a councillor and was having hypnotherapy treatment to help with his depression.
As well as being disqualified for three years, Carr was fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and £60 in victim surcharge. He was also ordered to take part in a four month community order with the Engage programme.