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Gazza's friend sentenced for drink driving

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Paul Gascoigne has found himself with unwanted media attention as a friend of his hit the news after being charged with driving with excess alcohol.
Michael Harvey was handed a four month suspended prison sentence after he was caught drink driving whilst out with Gascoigne. Mr Harvey decided to take the matter to trial but his account was described as an ‘absolute pack of lies’ by the Magistrates. Mr Harvey who was twice the legal also had a previous conviction for drink driving.
Gascoigne himself had been facing an excess alcohol allegation earlier this year before the matter was dropped by the Crown Prosecution. Mr Harvey who had 259 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine, the legal limit being 107 milligrams, had claimed in was an ‘unknown man’ that had driven the vehicle to a local takeaway.
Along with his four month suspended prison sentence Mr Harvey was given a three year driving ban, forced to pay £600 costs, 200 hours unpaid work and will be required to complete a drink-impaired driver programme.
As an experienced motoring offence solicitor it seems that going to trial on such a tenuous issue was extremely high risk and back fired on this occasion. The advice of a specialist motoring offence solicitor should always be sought to ensure that the best defence and the most practical resolution for the client is found.
By drink driving solicitor, Martyn Walsh