A MECHANIC who drove a customer’s car to pick up a takeaway while he was over the drink-drive limit has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Khalil Awan had taken the Vauxhall Corsa home for security reasons but without permission from AJ Motors in Water Lane, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, where he worked, Kirklees magistrates were told, reported The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
The court was told he’d had four pints of lager during the evening of March 29 but woke hungry and drove to the takeaway as it was too late by then for a delivery.
However, when police pulled Awan over for a routine check, his breath smelled of alcohol and he failed a breath test so was arrested and taken to Dewsbury police station, pictured, where he was found to have 53 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 micrograms.
More checks revealed that West Cumbria magistrates had given the 38-year-old a four-year ban until November 2018 for two drink-driving offences.
He admitted driving while over the prescribed limit, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving while disqualified and using a vehicle without insurance.
In mitigation, solicitor Paul Blanchard told the court Awan had believed he had been banned for three years, while probation officer Sharon Lees said Awan had mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, stemming from the death of his father in an arson attack in 2015 in Pakistan. In addition, she said, he had suffered a major head injury in a serious assault in a case of mistaken identity, the newspaper reported.
‘Now he has difficulties with low mood, flashbacks and nightmares and uses alcohol as a coping mechanism,’ she said.
Awan, of Park View, Thornhill Lees, was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for a year. He was also ordered to undergo six months of alcohol treatment, take part in 10 rehabilitation activity days and carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
In addition, he was banned from the roads for another four years and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge as well as £85 costs.
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