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Monday, September 27, 2004


Looks like Bush wasn;t the only one to drink and drive. I wonder how many big media types are going to report on this one. I think it will be pue on the back pages of newspapers and probably nevere even be seen on major tv media.
10:30 - 25 September 2004
A woman scorned is a dangerous thing as contract cleaner John Andrew Kerry learned to his cost. Kerry agreed to see his ex-girlfriend at a pub to talk things over. But the meeting failed to sway his resolve to end the relationship and he left in his van after drinking two pints of beer. Unfortunately for Kerry, his ex-girlfriend rang the police and he was breathalysed. When he appeared before South Gloucestershire Magistrates 42-year-old Kerry was banned for three years after he admitted drink driving along Merrywalks in Stroud on August 11. Prosecuting, Malcolm Hayes said Kerry , 42, failed a roadside breath test and later gave an intoxiliser reading of 54mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35. The court heard that Kerry had be the subject of a previous ban for drink driving in 1996. Defending, Leo Goatley described Kerry's story as "a rather frustrating tale of woe". "He's usually very conscious not to drive after a drink," said Mr Goatley. "Recently he split up with his girlfriend. On August 11 she phoned him to meet for a drink and talk things over. "She bought him two pints of beer. They didn't argue but Mr Kerry indicated he didn't wish to get back together with her. "He was later stopped by the police. Subsequently he learned from his ex girlfriend that she had phoned the police. He felt he had been snared by his ex-partner." Kerry, who gave his address as The Martins, Stroud, was a self employed contract cleaner, the court heard. Mr Goatley said Kerry hoped his employee would be able to drive between jobs, although he was unsure how long he would be able to continue his business. Kerry was given a mandatory 36-month ban due to his previous conviction for being over the limit twice within 10 years, although he was offered the opportunity to reduce this by nine months by taking part in a drink drivers' rehabilitation course. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £55 costs.

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