FORGETTING his child's birthday presents — and making the decision to drive back for them after a few drinks — led to an appearance in front of Island magistrates last week for Ryde man Chris Busson.

Busson, 36, of Colenutts Road, admitted driving with an alcohol level of 79 in his breath when the legal limit is 35, in Ryde on April 28.

Ann Smout, prosecuting, said police caught him at 12.45pm, after seeing him swerving across the white lines.

She said: "He smelt of alcohol and was not making a good deal of sense."

Barry Arnett, for Busson, said the family had gone to Nodes Point to celebrate his daughter's birthday, but he left the balloons and presents at home.

At first he had no intention of going back and getting them, but last thing at night he changed his mind so his daughter would have a surprise in the morning.

He said: "The consequences of his foolishness could result in the loss of his employment in which he is very well respected.

"He travels globally. He will not be able to go to America with a conviction so will have to apply for a visa, and he cannot hire a car abroad anymore, which he has to for work.

"His actions also put a downer on his daughter's birthday.

"He is remorseful and I am confident this is the last time you will see him in court."

Busson was banned from driving for 17 months. He was fined £260 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.

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