Court bans Elvington pair from the roads for drink driving

York Magistrates' Court
York Magistrates' Court

Two villagers have been banned from the roads for a combined total of almost four years after being found guilty of drink driving.

Hannah Read, 23, and Christopher Turpin, 25, both from Elvington, were sentenced at York Magistrates’ Court on Monday 15 July.

Read was charged with drink driving, failing to stop after a road accident and failing to report an accident.

Turpin was charged with drink driving.

The pair were arrested on the first day of North Yorkshire Police’s Christmas drink and drug driving campaign, after a number of parked cars were damaged on The Conifers, in Elvington.

They had been out drinking and when they returned to Read’s house in the early hours of 1 December, Read’s Peugeot collided with three vehicles belonging to local residents.

An eye witness saw both Turpin and Read pull into her driveway from the road and both appeared drunk as they entered the house.

Debris from damage caused to Reed’s car was later found at the scene of the incident.

The owner’s of the damaged cars reported the incident to the police when they awoke later that morning and Turpin and Read were arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Following a complex investigation, the case was eventually heard in court and Turpin was banned from driving for 24 months, with Read being disqualified for 22 months.

Turpin was also ordered by the magistrate to pay £600 court costs on top of a £300 fine. Read was fined £165 with £115 costs.

Traffic Sergeant Dave Willey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a long and difficult investigation which required some good police work both at the scene and during the interview process.

“Traffic Constable Martin Smith put in a lot of hard work to ensure this matter reached court and the Turpin and Read were brought to justice.

“North Yorkshire Police will not tolerate drink driving and will make sure that offenders are brought before the courts.”