Retired solicitor staggered drunk into petrol station with empty wine bottle

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A retired solicitor who was seen staggering in a petrol station with an empty bottle of wine has told a court of his drink-drive shame.

Trevor Beddoe, 64, who appeared many times at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court in a professional capacity, said: “It is a sobering experience, no pun intended, to be here before a bench of magistrates.”

The court heard Beddoe drove the short distance from his home in Washburn Court, Wetherby, to a petrol station in the town just after 3pm on November 11.

A breath test revealed he was more than three-and-a-half-times over the drink-drive limit.

Beddoe, who has previous convictions for drink-driving in 1999 and 2010, admitted driving with excess alcohol.

Beddoe, who was a solicitor for more than 30 years, told magistrates he is an alcoholic who has battled alcohol addiction since retiring from his profession around five years ago.

He said he intended to seek the assistance of the Leeds Addiction Unit to try and rid himself of “the curse “ of drinking too much.

The court heard it was not the first time he had tried to cure himself as he has previously spent £3,000 on private residential course. It had worked from time to time but there had been a relapse.

Beddoe, who mitigated his own case, said he went to the filling station to buy coal.

He added: “I stupidly decided to take the car to transport the coal home. Obviously I smelt of drink and the members of staff very public spiritedly took my keys and said I would not be driving anywhere.”

Beddoe told the court he was “reasonably highly thought of as a solicitor” and had appeared in most courts in West Yorkshire, including Wakefield where he acted as a prosecutor.

Bench chairman David Petts said: “I’m sure it doesn’t need me to tell you the seriousness of the position you are in.”

He said sentencing guidelines suggested a sentence of 12 weeks. Mr Petts bailed Beddoe until January.