A BLIND woman’s husband who was over twice the drink drive limit has been banned from driving after he ploughed into the back of another car, Solihull Magistrates Court has heard.
John Boffey ‘shunted’ the other car, which was stationary and carrying four people, across the roundabout during the collision on Kenilworth Road on October 7.
A test revealed the 54-year-old had consumed 165 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood - the limit is 80mg.
But his solicitor, Theresa, Hunt stressed the collision had happened because her client’s brakes had failed and not due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed.
Boffey had drank a pint of cider and a double whisky at a party, which had come to an end earlier than expected, the court was told on Monday.
His solicitor added: “My client was not expecting to leave the party so soon after drinking.
“He is his wife’s carer and it is his wife who goes out to work every day.
“My client needs his vehicle to take his wife into work and carry out various duties for her.”
Boffey, of Park View Road, Sutton Coldfield, pleaded guilty to drink driving and was disqualified for 20 months.
He was also fined £300 and told to pay £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge.