Restaurant manager drank and drove on Christmas Day

A restaurant manager caught drunk driving on Christmas Day has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service and banned from driving for three years.

Mahmoud Hassan drove after having a meal with his family and heading to a work Christmas party.

He later failed a breathalyzer with a reading almost three times the drink-driving limit.

High bailiff Jayne Hughes told the 38-year-old: ‘As a hospitality professional you should have been much more aware of the consequences.

Solicitor prosecuting Roger Kane told the court a witness at Cambridge Terrace in Douglas was at his home on December 25 at 9.30pm when they heard a bang outside.

They looked outside and said they saw Hassan struggling to park his silver Toyota Yaris.

It was described as “revving” the car’s engine and moving the vehicle back and forth.

The witness said they saw him get out of the car and accidentally enter his house.

Police arrived and found that the Yaris had suffered damage to the front end and a nearby wall had also been damaged.

When officers called Hassan’s home in Albion Terrace, they reported he was slurring his words, unsteady on his feet, smelling of alcohol and having glassy eyes.

He was arrested and said, “I’m sorry.

At police headquarters, Hassan failed a breathalyzer with a reading of 93. The legal limit is 35.

When questioned, he admitted to driving while intoxicated.

The court heard he had no previous convictions.

A probation report said Hassan was originally from Egypt and had lived on the island for 11 years.

The report says he was currently renting accommodation after the breakdown of his marriage and was the manager of a local restaurant.

Hassan told probation that he attended an early afternoon family meal, drank a glass of wine, and then drove home.

He said he then decided to move his car as it was parked on a double yellow line.

However, Hassan said he then decided to go to the restaurant he worked at, on the spur of the moment, to see friends and work colleagues.

He said he felt upset about his family and had been drinking whiskey at the restaurant, which he doesn’t normally drink.

Hassan admitted that he then got into his car and drove home.

The probation report recommended either a monetary penalty or community service as the appropriate sanction, but stated that community service would be difficult for Hassan as he was already working six days a week.

Defense attorney David Reynolds has asked to recognize his client’s guilty plea and his cooperation with the police.

Mr Reynolds said Hassan was a designated manager at the restaurant, so there could be further repercussions to that.

“He’s been struggling since his marriage ended,” the attorney said.

Hassan was also ordered to take an extended test when his ban ended, attend a drink-driving rehabilitation course and pay £125 prosecution costs.

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