Drink driver says he was frustrated with virus lockdown

A drink driver made a ‘stupid’ decision to get behind the wheel after he became frustrated with being stuck at home by the coronavirus lockdown.

Daniel Rudkin ‘s drive in the early hours of Monday, August 17 came to an abrupt end when a tyre on his Renault Clio blew and caused the car to crash.

Rudkin, a 31-year-old IT manager, waited for Leicestershire Police to arrive at the scene in Blackbird Road, Leicester and was taken into custody after he failed roadside breath test.

A further test gave a reading of 60mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35mg.

Rudkin, of Larchmont Road, off Blackbird Road, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court to admit a charge of drink driving.

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Prosecutor Sukhy Singh told the court police officers were called to the crash shortly before 3am.

Mr Singh said: “A single vehicle had been abandoned and was facing the wrong side of the road.

“The defendant was at the scene and identified himself as the driver.

“He said he’d been driving and a tyre had blown out, causing him to crash.

“No other vehicle was involved.

“He was co-operative with the police and made full admissions he was the driver and had been involved in an accident.”

Rudkin, who chose not to be represented by a solicitor, told the court that the time of the offence he was still deeply affected by the death of his father, who passed away last year.

He was also struggling financially after he was put on furlough at work on 80 per cent of his wages.

He and his partner were caring for their new baby without the level of support from their families they had hoped for because of the the virus lockdown, he said.

He told the court : “I had consumed alcohol and had this great desire to get out of the flat I’d been in for four months.

“It was a stupid idea and I wish I’d not done it.”

He was banned from driving for a year and fined £461.

He was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £46.

His disqualification period will be reduced by a quarter if he pays for and completes a drink drive rehabilitation course.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News