Holbeach schoolteacher crashed car while drunk

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A school teacher who had to be pulled from his crashed car by a passer-by admitted driving with almost three times the legal alcohol limit when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Jonathan Russell Cussons (32), a humanities teacher at University Academy Holbeach, later told police that he had been so drunk he could not even remember where the accident had happened.

Why did I do this. I can’t afford to lose my licence

University Academy Holbeach teacher Jonathan Cussons

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said that at 2am on June 6, a passer-by called the police to say he had pulled the driver out of a crashed Vauxhall Astra at the corner of High Street and the A158 at Burgh le Marsh.

He said Cussons, of Storeys Lane, Burgh le Marsh, gave a positive breath test and was arrested, giving a reading of 94 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mr Clare said Cussons said to police: “Why did I do this. I can’t afford to lose my licence.”

Mitigating, Rachel Woodcock said Cussons couldn’t remember what had happened.

She said he had gone out for a few drinks intending to leave his car in Skegness and collect it the next day and that he did not know why he didn’t.

After standing the case down for a report from the Probation Service, the magistrates heard that Cussons was now using a bicycle and the bus to get to work, and was voluntarily getting professional help with his alcohol abuse, so there was nothing Probation could do for him.

Cussons was banned from driving for two years but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation programme, which would reduce the period of his disqualification by six months.

He was also fined £550 and ordered to pay costs and charges of £290.