Southsea drink-driver had 18-month-old son in his van

CONVICTED Graham Allen after being found guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court
CONVICTED Graham Allen after being found guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court

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A DAD caught drink-driving with his 18-month-old son in the back seat has been banned from getting behind the wheel.

Graham Allen, 56, was almost twice the legal limit when he was clocked by police.

He was caught out after Hampshire Constabulary received an anonymous tip-off.

An officer followed Allen after he left Palmerston Road in Southsea and stopped him about five minutes later in Fawcett Road.

Unemployed Allen got out of the van and the officer spotted his son in the back of the vehicle at about 8.50pm on October 25.

Allen, of Fawcett Road, Southsea, told the officer he had drunk one glass of wine and reached into the back of the camper van to pick up his son, saying he wanted to take him home.

The officer eventually persuaded him to stay at the scene and a breath test was carried out at the roadside.

The test revealed Allen’s breath contained 69 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – almost twice the legal limit of 35mg.

Allen, who has no previous convictions and defended himself, told Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court he had drunk two pints of lager at a pub at about 2pm that day before going shopping.

He then went to The Lord Palmerston Wetherspoons pub in Palmerston Road, Southsea, at about 7pm where he had a meal and a glass of wine before driving home with his son.

Allen told magistrates he believes a drink was tampered with, but accepted there was no evidence to back up his claim.

He added: ‘My belief is that somebody tampered with my drink to make sure I was over the limit and then contacted the police.’

‘I’m not a regular drinker.

‘I would never take a child in the van knowing that I had consumed over the legal limit.’

Allen was fined £100 and told to pay £85 in court costs and £15 to a fund for crime victims.

He was banned from driving for 20 months.