Garage owner banned from driving after drunken vet visit

A garage owner in Cumbria has been found guilty of dangerous driving after he crashed into three cars while on the way to the vet's to have his pet dog put down.

Nicholas Tate, who runs a car repair centre, was three times over the drink-drive limit and had to be cut free from his car and taken to Furness General Hospital following the crash. One woman he crashed into suffered whiplash and a hairline fracture in the collision, which resulted in her car being written off.

People who run car garages will require a road risks insurance policy so they have insurance cover when behind the wheel of one of the business' or a customer's vehicle. This can include fully comprehensive insurance or just third party, however, regardless of what road risks policy the person opts for, it will not come to their aid if they are found to be over the legal limit when behind the wheel.

According to the North-West Evening Mail, 47-year-old Mr Tate of Ulverston pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol when he took his in-pain dog to the vet to have him put down one evening. He was given a four-month prison term, which has been suspended for two years, a 12-month supervision order and a four-month curfew between 9pm and 7am.

He was also banned from driving for three years, which will make it very difficult for him to run his business and also make the task of obtaining a cheap motor trade insurance quote far harder.

A judge at Preston Crown Court commented: “It is a mercy of providence that neither you nor the other road users suffered a serious injury.”