Named and shamed: businessman and serving soldier in court charged with drink driving over Christmas

Bournemouth Echo: Justin Baxter Justin Baxter

A FATHER-of-three, a private in the Army and a waiter have all appeared in court charged with drink driving over Christmas.

Justin Baxter, of Penn Hill Avenue in Poole, was arrested after he drank two glasses of wine while writing his Christmas cards on December 19.

He had been sitting at the Olive Branch in Wimborne before driving his Volkswagen along Wimborne Road in Corfe Mullen, where he was stopped by police officers.

At Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court, the self-employed businessman admitted drink driving and was banned from driving for 12 months. He had an alcohol level of 53 – the limit is 35.

The court heard that the 43-year-old’s fledgling business could be in “jeopardy” following his conviction.

Jonathan Morrissey, mitigating, said: “This is not an individual who is likely to appear in court again.”

Baxter is the father of three children aged 11, 12 and 16, who live with their mother in Plymouth.

Mr Morrissey said he would be unable to pick them up for weekend visits because of his disqualification.

“It’s going to be extremely difficult or it’s going to cease altogether,” he said.

“His business life is also in a substantial amount of jeopardy.”

Baxter was ordered to pay £305 in fines at the court.

Twenty-year-old serving soldier Reuben Merlin Iles, of Spalding in Lincolnshire, appeared at the court on the same day.

He admitted drinking before driving his Alfa Romeo along the Wessex Way on December 4 last year.

Representing himself in court, Iles apologised to magistrates for his behaviour, adding: “There’s no reason why I did it.

“It’s not in my nature to do anything like that and I’m sorry for doing it.”

Alison Saunders, prosecuting, said police officers arrested Iles after town centre CCTV cameras picked him up pulling into the path of oncoming traffic.

“Police officers attended, and he was on the Wessex Way travelling in the direction of Asda,” she said.

“He then went back on himself after going around St Paul’s roundabout, and he was snaking in the road.

“He suddenly reduced his speed to 30mph, despite his being the only vehicle on the road.”

Iles was fined £371 at the court, and was disqualified for 16 months. His alcohol level was 60.

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7:01am Thu 16 Jan 14

Moro99 says...

Look out cycle safely, there are drivers out there not driving carefully
Look out cycle safely, there are drivers out there not driving carefully Moro99
  • Score: -4

9:46am Thu 16 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

There are no excuses for drink driving!
There are no excuses for drink driving! suzigirl
  • Score: 17

12:20pm Thu 16 Jan 14

utterlydisgusted says...

"His alcohol limit was 60."

60 what?
"His alcohol limit was 60." 60 what? utterlydisgusted
  • Score: -5

12:20pm Thu 16 Jan 14

poolebournemouth says...

"His alcohol limit was 60."

60 what?
"His alcohol limit was 60." 60 what? poolebournemouth
  • Score: -7

2:51pm Thu 16 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Are you intoxicated george
Are you intoxicated george nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

3:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

bmthmark says...

nickynoodah wrote:
Are you intoxicated george
Who is George and why do you mention him in virtually every post?
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Are you intoxicated george[/p][/quote]Who is George and why do you mention him in virtually every post? bmthmark
  • Score: 6

3:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

Misleading headline - makes it sound like it's one person, then when you read it, it's about three people!
Misleading headline - makes it sound like it's one person, then when you read it, it's about three people! Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 3

4:08pm Thu 16 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

bmthmark wrote:
nickynoodah wrote: Are you intoxicated george
Who is George and why do you mention him in virtually every post?
He is just a wind up merchant!
[quote][p][bold]bmthmark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Are you intoxicated george[/p][/quote]Who is George and why do you mention him in virtually every post?[/p][/quote]He is just a wind up merchant! suzigirl
  • Score: 1

5:02pm Thu 16 Jan 14

ReservoirFrogs says...

Why are we to assuem that because an individual is recorder over the limit that they are not fit to drive a motor vehicle. Surely a roadside test of senses and reactions would be much more efficient, as in my experience, there are a lot of people involved in accidents that have not been drinking, in fact the percentage of this is quite high
Why are we to assuem that because an individual is recorder over the limit that they are not fit to drive a motor vehicle. Surely a roadside test of senses and reactions would be much more efficient, as in my experience, there are a lot of people involved in accidents that have not been drinking, in fact the percentage of this is quite high ReservoirFrogs
  • Score: -2

5:03pm Thu 16 Jan 14

ReservoirFrogs says...

Why are we to assume that because an individual is recorded over the limit that they are not fit to drive a motor vehicle. Surely a roadside test of senses and reactions would be much more efficient, as in my experience, there are a lot of people involved in accidents that have not been drinking, in fact the percentage of this is quite high
Why are we to assume that because an individual is recorded over the limit that they are not fit to drive a motor vehicle. Surely a roadside test of senses and reactions would be much more efficient, as in my experience, there are a lot of people involved in accidents that have not been drinking, in fact the percentage of this is quite high ReservoirFrogs
  • Score: 2

5:28pm Thu 16 Jan 14

John T says...

Once again, variance in the sentences given, seems to prove money buys justice in these cases; i.e. pay for a lawyer to represent you and you'll get a lighter sentence.
Nice to see that the local courts are adhering to the version of Cameron's Law that states that 'we are all in this together'.
Once again, variance in the sentences given, seems to prove money buys justice in these cases; i.e. pay for a lawyer to represent you and you'll get a lighter sentence. Nice to see that the local courts are adhering to the version of Cameron's Law that states that 'we are all in this together'. John T
  • Score: 3

6:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

matt68 says...

Is he seriously saying that he may never see his three children in Plymouth because he is banned from driving for 12 mouth !! Has he ever heard of a train ?? Surely they are worth the effort.......
Is he seriously saying that he may never see his three children in Plymouth because he is banned from driving for 12 mouth !! Has he ever heard of a train ?? Surely they are worth the effort....... matt68
  • Score: 12

6:27pm Thu 16 Jan 14

matt68 says...

matt68 wrote:
Is he seriously saying that he may never see his three children in Plymouth because he is banned from driving for 12 mouth !! Has he ever heard of a train ?? Surely they are worth the effort.......
months even
[quote][p][bold]matt68[/bold] wrote: Is he seriously saying that he may never see his three children in Plymouth because he is banned from driving for 12 mouth !! Has he ever heard of a train ?? Surely they are worth the effort.......[/p][/quote]months even matt68
  • Score: 4

6:42pm Thu 16 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

George is supporting drunken divers now three sheets to the wind
and its only 6 45 pm you know
George is supporting drunken divers now three sheets to the wind and its only 6 45 pm you know nickynoodah
  • Score: 1

8:16pm Thu 16 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

bmthmark wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
Are you intoxicated george
Who is George and why do you mention him in virtually every post?
His teddy bear.............
[quote][p][bold]bmthmark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Are you intoxicated george[/p][/quote]Who is George and why do you mention him in virtually every post?[/p][/quote]His teddy bear............. O'Reilly
  • Score: 1

8:21pm Thu 16 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

I have decided not to post on here for a while
I am taking a short break
I hope you don't miss me too much george
I have decided not to post on here for a while I am taking a short break I hope you don't miss me too much george nickynoodah
  • Score: -2

10:29pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

nickynoodah wrote:
I have decided not to post on here for a while
I am taking a short break
I hope you don't miss me too much george
Good
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: I have decided not to post on here for a while I am taking a short break I hope you don't miss me too much george[/p][/quote]Good Hessenford
  • Score: 4

11:05pm Thu 16 Jan 14

LordLilliput says...

Hessenford wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
I have decided not to post on here for a while
I am taking a short break
I hope you don't miss me too much george
Good
Seconded
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: I have decided not to post on here for a while I am taking a short break I hope you don't miss me too much george[/p][/quote]Good[/p][/quote]Seconded LordLilliput
  • Score: 5

5:37pm Fri 17 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

calm down Knobdirt
I only popped to the pub for a quickie
calm down Knobdirt I only popped to the pub for a quickie nickynoodah
  • Score: 1

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