Drink-driver had two-year-old in car when he knocked over girlfriend

Scott Law, 33, was more than twice the legal limit when he drove after his girlfriend with a two-year-old in the back seat
Scott Law, 33, was more than twice the legal limit when he drove after his girlfriend with a two-year-old in the back seat

A DRUNK motorist ran down his girlfriend when he drove after downing bottles of wine, a court was told.

Scott Law got behind the wheel of the family car after an argument with his partner Suzanne Scawthon - he had drunk between four to five bottles of wine.

Law, 33, of Flat Tops, Normanby by Spital, ignored the safety of a two-year-old child in the rear passenger seat and drove straight at Miss Scawthon knocking her to the ground as she walked away.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Ms Scawthon escaped with minor grazing following the incident on The Belt Road, Gainsborough.

The couple then drove off but a passerby who witnessed the incident took down the registration number of their vehicle and contacted police.

“The car was seen to veer erratically across the road,” said Mr Howes. “Initially the woman was driving with Law in the front passenger seat. Witnesses describe them as arguing emphatically. Miss Scawthon got out and was quite upset and angry.”

Law admitted he has defective eye sight and said he could not drive. He was breath-tested and found to be more than twice the legal limit with 88 mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of breath. The limit is 35 mgs.

The court heard his vision problems are a result of head injuries received in a road accident seven years ago. Law admitted charges of dangerous driving, drink driving and driving without a licence and without insurance.

He was jailed for nine months and disqualified from driving for six years.

Judge Sean Morris told him: “You are a menace when it comes to cars. It is time you learned your lesson. You can sit in prison and think about your life and what you have done.”

Sunil Khanna, defending, said Law turned to alcohol as a result of depression caused after he was turned down for jobs because of his poor eye sight.

“He began to drink more and more and he was heavily drunk on this day,” he said. “He had drunk between four and five bottles of wine.”

Speaking to The Standard after the trial, John Siddle from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership slammed Law’s behaviour.

“Mr Law’s actions clearly showed a disregard for himself and others that day,” he said. “Having consumed more than the prescribed limit of alcohol to drive a car, he put himself, his girlfriend and a child at risk. Drinking and driving is, for most, socially unacceptable but there are some who are willing to put other people at risk.”

He added: If you suspect someone of drink driving call the police on 101 or if they are already call 999.”

“The Christmas drink drive campaign has already seen 36 people arrested for drink drive related offences - don’t be the next one!”

- For the FULL story see next week’s Gainsborough Standard (available Thursday 20th December)