Suspended sentence for driver who needed emergency treatment

Suspended sentence for driver who needed emergency treatment

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Belfast man who spent 30 hours in hospital after needing emergency resuscitation has been handed a suspended custodial sentence.

The case of Jonathan Bustard, (38), of Kendal Street, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse on Wednesday, September 22.

Bustard pleaded guilty to charges of driving without insurance, driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs, disorderly behaviour and possession of a Class B controlled drug relating to an incident at Asda car park in Portadown on August 23, 2017.

The court was told that police received a report of a suspected drink driver on the above date who stalled a car over a speed bump and was found unconscious.

After officers woke Bustard, he was extremely agitated and arrested using limb restraints.

A check of the vehicle found dihydrocodeine tablets and it was noted that the vehicle wasn’t owned by Bustard, meaning he had no valid insurance.

It was stated that Bustard’s health deteriorated and he needed emergency resuscitation and pent over 30 hours in hospital needing treatment.

In his defence, the court heard that the offences happened “during a bad period” of Bustard’s life but he wishes to seek employment as soon as possible.

Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers imposed a two month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months for no insurance, a two month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months for driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs, a two month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months for disorderly behaviour and a £75 fine for possession of a Class B controlled drug.

All the sentences are to run concurrently.

Furthermore, Bustard was disqualified from driving for a year for all the offences.

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