Drunk Bourne man drove after being thrown out of pub

Court news
Court news

A Bourne man got behind the wheel of a car just minutes after being ejected from two town pubs for being too drunk.

Grantham magistrates heard on Monday (January 18) how Robert Jason Burns, 27, was asked to leave the Burghley Arms at around 10.30pm on November 7, last year.

Door staff flagged down a passing police officer and said they had ejected a drunk male who was last seen heading towards The Jubilee pub.

On entering the pub, the officer recognised Burns straight away as he was struggling to stay on his feet. He was asked to go home as he would not be served more alcohol.

Unsteady on his feet, slurring his words and smelling strongly of alcohol, Burns left the area.

But as he was heading towards a car park, police asked CCTV operators to monitor him. Just before 11pm, police were alerted to Burns driving a car out of the car park.

Just minutes later, he was arrested. Officers noted that the car he was driving, a Fiat Punto registered to his partner, had some fresh damage, later found to have been caused by a collision with Citroen Picasso.

Magistrates heard how he has a number of previous convictions for similar offences.

Representing himself, Burns told the court: “I apologise for my actions that evening. My brother had recently died and I was depressed at the time.”

Burns, of Kestrel Drive, pleaded guilty to being the driver of a vehicle which failed to stop after a road accident in Nowells Lane, Bourne, and to failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis at Grantham Police 

For failing to stop he was fined £500 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £50 victim surcharge. He was disqualified from driving for three years.

There was no separate penalty for the failing to provide charge.