Drink-driving Maidenhead chef gets 24 week prison sentence

Drink-driving Maidenhead chef gets 24 week prison sentence


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Drink-driving Maidenhead chef gets 24 week prison sentence
Slough Magistrates' Court

A drink-driving chef who hit a pub-goer with his car before fleeing from police has been jailed for more than five months.

Stuart Patton had spent the day drinking at a music festival on Saturday, May 17, before he got behind the wheel of his BMW in the evening.

Patton, 35, from Craufurd Rise, Maidenhead then ran into Patrick Gamble outside a pub in Queen Street at 10.55pm, leaving Mr Gamble with serious injuries.

The father-of-one and chef was sentenced at Slough Magistrates Court yesterday after pleading guilty on June 9.

The court was told that Patton, fled Queen Street, but an off duty police officer witnessed the collision.

Patton, who has a previous conviction from June 2011 when he failed to provide a specimen, was tracked using CCTV and found by officers 15 minutes later.

He was arrested, and police took two breath samples.

They found his alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, while his car did not have a valid MOT certificate.

Patton's defence counsel told the court that Patton had deemed himself fit to drive, which was 'foolish' but that 'he did immediately stop his car to check on the condition of that pedestrian who he had hit'  then ran away from the scene 'to his eternal shame'.

He explained that Patton, who completed a drink driving awareness course after his last conviction, fled as witnesses were 'screaming and shouting' at him.

Before announcing the sentence, magistrate Alistair Abbott addressed Patton.

He explained that Patton's alcohol level was more than 'twice' the legal limit, and his history with drink-driving is 'appalling'.

He said: "A community order is not appropriate because of your previous record."

The three magistrates decided that only 'an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate'.

Mr Abbott added: "We're not offering the drink driving rehabilitation course because you've done it before and it did not do any good."

Patton was sentenced to a total of 24 weeks in prison - 16 weeks for drink-driving and eight for leaving the scene.

He was disqualified from driving for four years.


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