A struggling medical graduate – caught by police “eratically” riding his scooter while nearly double the drinks limit and with a girl passenger on the back – has been fined and banned from the roads.
Edward James Marshall, 22, of Newbald Lodge Cottages, North Newbald, York pleaded guilty at City of London Magistrates’ Court (pictured) to riding his Vespa with excess alcohol in his breath in Newgate Street on April 10.
The court heard police officers spotted first-time offender Marshall travelling along London Wall at 11pm and were concerned about the nature of his riding.
He was stopped and admitted he had consumed a few pints and officers noticed a smell of intoxicating liquor on his breath.
Marshall failed a roadside breath-test and was later found to have 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.
The defendant told the court: “I did not intend getting on my motorcycle that evening, but I was asked to give a friend a lift home.”
Marshall revealed his only income was gained from volunteering for drug trials approximately every six months.
“That is the way I support myself while looking for research posts in medical roles,” he told the court.
Marshall was disqualified from driving for seventeen months, fined £65, with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.