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Crowland man who took car and shotgun 'with a view to taking his own life' was arrested for drink-driving

By Spalding Reporter

A Crowland man, who had taken his car and a shotgun with a view to taking his own life after a row with his wife, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol when he returned home, magistrates have heard.

Dominic Guy Dumarche, 33, of East Street, admitted driving with excess alcohol on October 13 when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday, November 7).

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police were told at 11.49pm that Dumarche had been seen drinking in the Ye Old Abbey hotel and then been seen to drive his Nissan Navara car away.

Boston Magistrates' Court. (4754057)
Boston Magistrates' Court. (4754057)

He was seen by police and was arrested after giving a positive breath test.

Ms Stace said he told officers he had been at home drinking with his wife when an argument developed and he left home, taking a shotgun and cartridges, and had stopped in a lay-by with the intention of taking his own life but drove off when another car pulled in.

She said the breathalyser reading was 59 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

Mitigating, Terry Boston said Dumarche had come to court not realising that a driving ban was mandatory, as police had led him to believe he might not be, and he now knew he would lose his job, as would his wife as she could not drive and could not get to her work unless he drove her.

Court news. (5105395)
Court news. (5105395)

Mr Boston said Dumarche had decided to take his own life that night but had postponed the idea when another car pulled into the lay-by.

He said Dumarche was 'utterly distraught and utterly distressed' that night, but he had admitted fully that he was driving and co-operated with the police.

“He feels as if the sky has dropped on his head”, said Mr Boston.

Dumarche was banned from driving for 16 months but was offered the drink drivers' rehabilitation course which will reduce the period of the ban by 16 weeks.

He was also fined £468 and ordered to pay £131 in costs and charges.


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