HURRYING to the aid of his teenage daughter, who he found wandering the streets of Knaresborough, brought Joseph Terence Foster a driving ban which could lead to the loss of his job.
Foster, 41, from Silsden, Keighley, appeared before Harrogate magistrates last Thursday to plead guilty to drink-driving and was fined £290 with £85 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and a 12-month ban.
Prosecutor Martin Butterworth said the offence had come to light after police in Knaresborough had been called out to a report of a domestic incident at an address in the town.
Mr Butterworth said officers had come across Foster at the wheel of a car in Halfpenny Lane. The car had been pulled over so police could talk with him about the domestic incident. And when they smelled alcohol a roadside breath test had been positive.
At the police station Foster had blown slightly over the limit, low enough for him to be offered the opportunity of providing a blood or urine sample. When the former was analysed it showed an alcohol level of 97 milligrams compared with the limit of 80.
In mitigation Carolyn O’Mahony said the domestic incident referred to had involved Foster’s 14-year-old daughter who had been thrown out of her home by her mother in a row over ear piercing.
Foster had been spending a pleasant evening with his partner when he received a text message about the incident and when he twice failed to make contact with his daughter by phone he decided to drive from Silsden to Knaresborough to find out what had happened.
Miss O’Mahony said the teenager had not been at home and he had found her ‘‘wandering the streets not knowing where to go or what to do’’.
She had been in the car with Foster when he noticed a police vehicle driving past him. He knew he would perhaps be over the limit and stopped straight away.
Miss O’Mahony said police had taken Foster’s daughter to the home of her boyfriend and his mother and she was still living there.
Although his employers spoke highly of Foster – they had provided a glowing reference – it was likely he would lose his job without his licence. There was no ‘‘desk job’’ available for him.