Coach gets 16-month driving ban

A SPORTS coach has been banned from the roads after being caught driving almost twice the booze limit.

Robert Storey – who is a children’s rugby coach – told a judge that his actions were “total stupidity” and he had let down himself, his family, his workmates and the youngsters who he used to transport to matches.

The 49-year-old, who is also a rugby referee and cricket umpire and works at Seaton Carew Sports and Social Club, appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and admitted drink driving on January 22.

District Judge Martin Walker disqualified Storey from driving for 16 months, fined him £150, with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, saying: “You are a man of previous good character with no relevant previous convictions recorded against you.

“You are not guilty of causing any accident or injury to any third party and although the police noticed some slight untoward driving, there was no erratic driving.”

Storey, who represented himself in court, said: “I shouldn’t have done it, I shouldn’t have got into the car, the reason why I did it is because none of the taxis turned up.

“As well as myself, I’ve let my family down, the people who I work with down and I’ve let all of the kids down.

“Being able to drive is a necessity when it comes to transporting kids around for cricket and rugby matches. It was total stupidity.”

Prosecuting, Samantha Morgan-Bayliss told the court that police became suspicious of Storey, who was driving an X registration Peugeot 406, when he pulled out behind them and appeared to be “mimicking” their way of driving.

She said: “He stopped and got out and walked away but they stopped him, he smelled of alcohol, so the officers conducted a road-side breath test.

“He was taken to the police station where he fully co-operated and provided two more samples of breath.”

Storey, of Saffron Walk, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, was found to have 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.