Rainworth soldier shot himself in the foot by drink driving

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A solider ‘shot himself in the foot’ when he was caught drink driving, magistrates in Mansfield were told.

Jason Lee Sheppard (25) who gave his parents’ address as South Avenue, Rainworth, admitted being twice over the legal limit when he was pulled over by police last month.

Defending, Paul Bilton, pleaded with the magistrates to keep the inevitable road ban to a minimum, claiming it could eventually lead to him being made unemployed.

Mr Bilton said that although his client was an infantryman, soldiers in his regiment were to be ‘re-skilled’, which included driving jobs which could harm his clients chances of progressing.

Mr Bilton said: “To coin an army phrase, he shot himself in the foot. He might not be able to stay in this regiment because there might not be a place for him.

“He is sincerely remorseful and he realises that the consequences are far reaching for him.”

The court was told how Sheppard had been out drinking with friends in Mansfield town centre, when he decided to get behind the wheel of his Vauxhall Astra.

However, he had been spotted on CCTV and the police were informed, who stopped him on the A60 Woodhouse Road.

He was breathalysed and was found to have 70 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

He admitted a charge of drink driving and was banned from driving for 17 months, handed a £500 fine and told to pay £135 in costs.