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Drink-driving father who crashed car with young daughter in the front seat sticks up middle fingers

Drink-driving father who crashed car with young daughter in the front seat sticks up middle fingers

A drunk father who crashed with his young daughter in the front seat was caught giving the middle finger to photographers as he left court with a 22-month driving ban.

Anthony Drury, 32, got into the car with his young daughter in the passenger seat on March 14 after drinking.

Cleveland Police Department received a call from a concerned member of the public who had seen Drury’s car crash into a central reservation on Church Lane in Eston, North Yorkshire.

Anthony Drury (pictured outside Teesside Magistrates' Court in Middlesbrough), 32, got into the car with his young daughter in the passenger seat on March 14 after drinking

Anthony Drury (pictured outside Teesside Magistrates’ Court in Middlesbrough), 32, got into the car with his young daughter in the passenger seat on March 14 after drinking

Lillian Yanes Hellevik, prosecutor, recalled that officers found a pint of cider in Drury’s car, as well as a bottle of cider in the footwell where his young daughter was sitting.

A roadside breath test found he had exceeded the drink-driving limit – with 65 micrograms of alcohol in his system per 100 milliliters of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

The prosecution also told the court that Drury’s actions were “an unacceptable driving style.” Drury’s drink-driving accident also caused him to burst two tires on his Vauxhall Astra.

Nigel Boddy, on the defensive, explained that after the incident, South Bank’s father “acknowledges his stupidity” and has since referred himself to an alcohol treatment program.

Cleveland Police Department received a call from a concerned member of the public who had seen Drury's car crash into a central reservation on Church Lane in Eston, North Yorkshire (pictured)

Cleveland Police Department received a call from a concerned member of the public who had seen Drury’s car crash into a central reservation on Church Lane in Eston, North Yorkshire (pictured)

After pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge, Drury apologized to the court and said he was “extremely sorry” for putting himself and his young daughter in danger.

The chairman of the magistrate’s bench overseeing the case, Mr George Harpham, said: ‘This is the worst incident of its kind that I have heard in a long time.’

Mr Harpham gave Drury, of South Bank, a 22-month driving ban and a £239 fine to pay.

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