Drink-driving father who crashed with daughter sticks up middle finger

Drink-driving father who crashed his car with his young daughter in the front seat sticks up middle fingers as he leave court after being banned from road for 22 months

  • Anthony Drury, 32, was in the car with his daughter on March 14 after drinking  
  • He crashed into a central reservation on Church Lane in Eston, North Yorkshire 
  • Officers found a bottle of cider in footwell where his young daughter was sitting 
  • Drury has been handed a 22 month driving ban and a £239 fine to pay

A drink-driving father who crashed with his young daughter in the front seat was caught giving the middle finger to photographers as he left court with a 22-month driving ban.  

Anthony Drury, 32, got into the car with his young daughter in the passenger seat on March 14 after drinking.  

Cleveland Police received a call from a concerned member of the public who had seen Drury crash his car into a central reservation on Church Lane in Eston, North Yorkshire.

Anthony Drury (pictured outside Teesside Magistrates’ Court in Middlesbrough), 32, got into the car with his young daughter in the passenger seat on March 14 after drinking

Lillian Yanes Hellevik, prosecuting, recalled that officers found a pint of cider in Drury’s car as well as a bottle of cider in the footwell where his young daughter was sitting. 

Upon a roadside breath test, he was found to be over the drink drive limit – having 65 microgrammes of alcohol in his system per 100 millilitres of of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The prosecution also told the court that Drury’s actions were ‘an unacceptable standard of driving’. Drury’s drink drive crash also caused him to pop two tyres on his Vauxhall Astra.

Nigel Boddy, defending, explained that the South Bank dad ‘recognises his stupidity’ after the incident and has since referred himself to an alcohol treatment programme. 

Cleveland Police received a call from a concerned member of the public who had seen Drury crash his car into a central reservation on Church Lane in Eston, North Yorkshire (pictured)

After pleading guilty to one charge of drink driving, Drury apologised to the court, saying he was ‘extremely sorry’ for putting himself and his young daughter at risk.

The chair of the magistrates’ bench overseeing the case, Mr George Harpham, said: ‘This is the worst incident of this kind I have heard in a long time.’ 

Mr Harpham gave Drury, of South Bank, a 22 month driving ban and a £239 fine to pay.

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