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A law that prevented drunks driving horse-drawn carriages in the 1800s used to charge a drunk mobility scooter user

Martin Meikle-Kilford58 year old Grandfather, Martin Meikle-Kilford, was found to be over three times the limit while operating his mobility scooter when breathalysed and was charged with drink-driving, with results returning 117 mcg of alcohol, the limit being 35 mcg.

Later, Martin’s charge was changed to a law that was used in the 1800s that would prevent people from driving a horse-drawn carriage while under the influence of alcohol.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, said: “This is a very interesting case in terms of the law as police charged the defendant initially through the Road Traffic Act.

“But that didn’t apply in this situation and it was proposed that Section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872, the one and only section that still remains law today, be used. The other sections have since been repealed over the years.”

Mr. Meikle-Kilford had travelled 45 minutes on his mobility scooter to do Christmas shopping in King’s Lynn, enjoying a few beverages while doing so.

Since appearing in court, Martin said: “Part of my paperwork also says that I was drunk and in charge of driving an animal. It’s a bit of a funny law to still be used these days.

“It isn’t very nice being caught up in this situation. The only consolation is this has caused a few laughs for my neighbours down the street.”

He was ordered to pay £85 in court costs along with a £15 victim surcharge and an 18 month conditional discharge.

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