North Yorkshire Police’s Christmas drink and drug drive campaign brings first conviction

Mark Anthony King
Mark Anthony King

A drink driver will spend the 17 months banned from the roads after police caught him at almost twice the legal limit at lunchtime.

Mark Anthony King is the first drink driver arrested during North Yorkshire Police’s Christmas campaign to be sentenced by the courts.

Police stopped the vehicle King was driving in Great Ayton at around 1.50pm last Tuesday (Dec 11) and he was breathalysed after an officer smelled alcohol.

King blew 67ug/100ml. The legal limit is 35ug.

The 42-year-old, from Great Ayton, pleaded guilty to drink driving when he appeared at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court today.

He was banned from driving for 17 months and fined £100 with £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Speaking after the hearing, Roads Policing Inspector Rich Champion said: “Unfortunately King’s case is the first of a number of drink and drug drive cases currently going through the courts.

“Every year, we try to hammer home the same messages to deter people from drink and drug driving. But every year we see a spike in the number of drivers arrested for these offences at this time of year.

“This year, we’re aiming our messages at people who might actually listen – decent, law-abiding people who’d never dream of driving under the influence.

“If this is you, please keep your friends and family safe this Christmas by keeping an eye on them on a night out and making sure they don’t get behind the wheel.

“If there’s any doubt in your mind that they could be unfit to drive, just order them a taxi.”

He added: “We’re out morning, noon and night taking drink and drug drivers off the roads. If you break the law, there’s a good chance you’ll be caught.

“We’re also publicising the name and photographs of convicted drivers such as King this year. We hope this will encourage people to think about the consequences of their actions while highlighting how the police and justice system deal with these offenders.”