"I imagine I was just being stupid to be honest"
A motorcyclist was caught riding while double the drink drive limit after colliding with a bridge in a Devon town.
Jad Ajou Barnes, of Mount Dinham Court, Exeter, appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 10, and pleaded guilty to one charge of drink-driving.
Giles Rowden, for the prosecution, told magistrates police were called to a crash on August 21, 2017, at Fore Street, North Tawton, to find Barnes near a Yamaha motorbike which had collided with a bridge.
Barnes was taken to hospital and gave a blood sample which showed he had 162 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit in blood is 80.
He was interviewed by police and gave a full admission of riding the motorbike and being involved in the collision.
Barnes, who was not represented by a solicitor, said: “It was a mistake. I don’t know why I did it, it’s all just a black out. I imagine I was just being stupid to be honest, that’s the only reason I can think I would do it.”
Magistrates disqualified Barnes from driving for 20 months and ordered him to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.