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Ed’s Story: What a drink drive conviction cost me

| 17.12.13

Ed is 24 and from Cheltenham faces life with a criminal conviction. Ed had an argument with his girlfriend and drove home.

I was stopped just before midnight on a bank holiday Monday. I was on my way to see a friend for some support after a very emotional argument with my girlfriend. I knew I was over the drink drive limit but was under the illusion that I would be ok, that I wouldn’t get caught and that ultimately, it was just a short journey so what were the chances?! When I was stopped I was feeling confident, that I could try and persuade the officers that I was not in fact intoxicated. You’d be surprised at how badly booze sticks to your breath, your clothes and no matter how hard you try, you cannot act sober.

I knew that the breath test would be positive and I had attempted to prepare for that feeling. When the officer told me I had blown 52 and the limit was 35 I was absolutely devastated, angry and upset.

I have never been arrested before and never been in a cell. For whatever reason, and to this day I still don’t know why, I was kept in a cell for 13 hours. I had all that time in complete silence thinking about what I had done and the implications on my life, and others. It was the most humbling experience I have ever had.

My friends and family were very disappointed that I had decided to drive that evening. It caused problems with my 2 year relationship (that has now been resolved) with my girlfriend and friends judged me for my poor decision making. I think and hope that they all forgive me for what I did but it’s a horrible feeling knowing that I have now been tarnished with that brush.

I had never been to court and it was a very daunting experience. I had my father with me for moral support and a solicitor present. When I was handed my sentence my whole life as I knew it was turned upside down. From that moment for the rest of my life I now had a criminal conviction.


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