Sailor gets ban for drink-driving after retirement party

Sailor Mark Squire admitted drink-driving on the day of his navy retirement party
Sailor Mark Squire admitted drink-driving on the day of his navy retirement party
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A SAILOR admitted drink-driving on the day of his retirement party after serving 35 years in the navy.

Fareham Magistrates’ Court heard Mark Squire got in his car to drive to KFC after a small farewell gathering at HMS Sultan, in Gosport.

But the 49-year-old was pulled over by police officers, breathalysed and arrested and then taken to a police station. He was found to have 85mg in 100ml of blood – more than twice the 35mg legal limit.

The court heard Squire was arrested by police in Creek Road, near the KFC in High Street, Gosport, just after 5.30pm on July 2.

Prosecuting, Graham Heath said police had pulled Squire over as his Ford Kuga vehicle seemed to meander in the road.

At the hearing, the court heard Squire had been at a small gathering on the base for his leaving party with a number of colleagues.

After this he went to back to his room on the base and had a nap and a shower.

He then decided to drive to the fast food restaurant about a mile-and-a-half away but was pulled over on the way there, the court heard.

Magistrates disqualified him from driving for 18 months. That can be reduced by 25 per cent if Squire completes a driver rehabilitation course within a year.

Squire, of Barcote Walk, Plymouth, Devon, was based at HMS Sultan for that past 18 months.

His defence solicitor said he relies on his car to visit his sons and partner who live across the country, and that his volunteer work in the Royal British Legion motorcycling branch would have to stop.

Chairman of the magistrates Malcolm Hogg said: ‘We do understand clearly this was an unfortunate matter.

‘We’re naturally sorry when it impacts on some more than others.

‘Because of your good character and your early guilty plea we’re going to give you a disqualification of 18 months.’

A Royal Navy spokesman said it could not comment.

He said: ‘The Royal Navy does not comment on individual cases. It’s a police matter.’