Retired bus worker on drink drive charge

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A retired traffic inspector tried to fill up a sample bottle with water from the toilet bowl when taking a urine test to detect whether he was over the alcohol limit, a court was told.

Gerald Roby’s attempted deception was spotted by a police officer. He was warned about his behaviour and then provided a correct sample.

When the result of the test came back, it showed that the pensioner was over the limit when he drove to a chip shop.

Roby, 73, of Milton Avenue, Thornton, a retired traffic inspector for a bus company, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £110 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened on January 5.

She told the court a man came out of Senior’s chip shop, Fleetwood Road, Thornton, and saw Roby’s Seat, which had apparently crashed, very close-up to his own vehicle.

The man approached Roby, who admitted he had been drinking and said he had clipped a kerb while driving into the chip shop car park.

Police were alerted and he was taken to the police station for testing.

The prosecutor, said: “He tried to fill the sample container with water from the toilet.

“He was warned and he then provided a correct urine sample.”

The urine sample showed 151 milligrams of alcohol in his body – 107 is the limit.

Peter Cave, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, was divorced and lived with his son, who had learning disabilities.

The night of the offence he and his son had had a drink.

They had had nothing to eat, so Roby decided to drive with his son the 300 to 400 yards to the chip shop.

Mr Cave added: “He says he did not attempt to fill up the sample tube with toilet water.

“He has had prostate troubles.

“He was having problems giving the sample and kept being told to hurry up.”