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‘I am not a bad person’ - Fundraiser’s roadside confession to police after drink driving

PUBLISHED: 14:21 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:37 15 August 2018

Simon Kindleysides has been banned from driving for 16 months. Picture: @simonsmarathon

Simon Kindleysides has been banned from driving for 16 months. Picture: @simonsmarathon

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A well known fundraiser told police “I am not a bad person” after turning himself in for drink driving.

Simon Kindleysides, 34, of Shillito Road, Blofield, got behind the wheel on June 10 this year after a row with his girlfriend, Great Yarmouth Magistrates court heard on Wednesday.

The court heard how Kindleysides had called the police from his car at around 1.50am, in Moyes Road, Lowestoft, to tell them he had driven a short distance after drinking.

Prosecutor Corinne Gook told the court how on June 10, PC Ward, who attended the scene could smell alcohol on the defendant’s breath.

Kindleysides told the officer that he had been drinking with his girlfriend but after an argument had left the property and “driven around the block”.

He told PC Ward: “I drove around the block then thought I should call the police because I’m not a bad person and I don’t drink drive.”

A breath test revealed Kindleysides had been driving with 61mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Calvin Saker, mitigating, told the court that Kindleysides had been driving for five years with no points on his licence and highlighted that he had turned himself into the police, after driving around the block.

Mr Saker also explained that as a consequence of the offence, Kindleysides, who uses a wheelchair to get around would lose his specially adapted mobility scheme car because following the crime, the RAC - who insure this vehicle - will not provide cover for five years.

He said that this would be a punishment for the 34-year-old in itself.

A well known fundraiser, Kindleysides came to public attention in April after becoming the first paralysed man to walk the London Marathon using an exoskeleton suit.

He has also made several TV appearances, including as a judge on the BBC talent show All Together Now.

Judge Nick Watson told Kindleysides: “I accept that you only drove a short distance, and the evidence of what you told the police at the time, I will take this into account.”

Kindleysides was banned for driving for 16 months.

He was also fined £120, ordered to pay £30 in costs and £85 victim surcharge.

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