Ban for drink driver caught following tip-off

By Barrie Hudson - 13 October 2020


A Swindon man has been banned from driving for two years after admitting being over the alcohol limit. 

A Swindon man has been banned from driving for two years after admitting being over the alcohol limit. 
Alan Dickson, 61, from Mannington Park, was arrested on Saturday afternoon - 10 October - after the police received a call from a member of the public.The caller was concerned that a male driver was intoxicated behind the wheel of his Renault Clio. 
A police spokesperson said: "Following the call officers soon located the vehicle on Great Western Way, which then drove into Mannington Park.  
"The car stopped and the officers approached the driver, who appeared drunk."
He was arrested following a roadside breath test, taken to custody at Swindon's Gablecross Police Station and appeared before Swindon Magistrates yesterday - 12 October.
Dickson admitted drink driving.  He was disqualified from driving for 24 months and ordered to carry out 40 hours of community service and pay a fine of £180.  
Following the sentencing, PC Andy Lee said:  "This driver was clearly intoxicated when we approached his vehicle and this sentencing is a fair reflection of the severity of his actions. 
"Luckily, he did not cause a traffic collision, injure anyone else or even himself.  However, the outcome of him driving while drunk could have been far worse, possibly fatal. 
"I hope this imposed ban will give the driver time to reflect on his actions so he will never make the same poor decision to drive while over the limit again.
"I'd also like to thank the member of the public who called us - information like this is vital and helps us in our work to prevent drink and drug driving."
Anybody suspecting that somebody is driving under the influence of drink or drugs should contact the police via 999 in an emergency or else on 101.
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