Range Rover man blames pale ale for drink-drive rap

Graduate Faysel Abedin was found asleep in his Range Rover after a night out drinking.

Police received a report that the 29-year-old’s vehicle was parked ‘in the middle of the road’ in Newcastle town centre.

It later became clear that he had driven the vehicle for a short distance before he stopped and went to sleep.

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Abedin claims he started driving but, realising he was not in a fit state, decided to park up again.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard police went to Market Lane at 1.55am on May 28. Prosecutor Francesca Perrera said: “Officers were requested to attend a report of a drunken male sitting in a vehicle, asleep.

“They arrived to find a black Range Rover stationary in the middle of the road. They approached Mr Abedin. Initially he was not responding. They shook him and he did wake up. His speech was slurred and his eyes were glazed.

“He struggled to climb out of the vehicle and follow simple instructions to complete a roadside breath test.”

Abedin, of Woodrow Way, Chesterton, was taken to the police station, where he gave an alcohol reading of 85 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

CCTV footage of the area showed Abedin driving the Range Rover a short distance on Market Lane before coming to a stop.

He pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle while over the alcohol limit. Abedin was not represented by a solicitor in court. He told magistrates: “I went out for a couple of hours. My intention was to have two beers. I understand what I drunk was pale ale which was very strong. I don’t normally drink.

“I was parked in a car park. I started driving and realised I was feeling dizzy so turned around and went back. I thought I would fall asleep for a few hours and if I didn’t sober up I would leave the car there. I wouldn’t drink and drive.”

Abedin said he had recently completed a post-graduate course and was due to start an internship.

Magistrates fined him £120 and disqualified him from driving for 20 months, which will be reduced if he completes a drink drive rehabilitation course. He must also pay £169 in court costs and charges.

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