A teacher from Canterbury who jumped behind the wheel of his car after a daytime drinking session found himself in the cells – after his wife shopped him to police.
Ravi Meneses, 43, was almost four times the legal limit when he hopped into his Rover and sped off after an argument with his angry spouse.
But when he returned to his home in Canterbury Road, Tyler Hill, he was met by officers – who had been alerted by his wife.
A breath test later showed he had 137 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Canterbury Magistrates Court heard he had wanted his wife to put her first pay cheque from a new job towards the family finances, while she insisted on spending the wages on a holiday.
Prosecutor Julie Farbrace said his wife called police after he stormed out of the family home at 9.45pm on July 29.
Recounting his arrest, Miss Farbrace said: “He said he had been drinking and should not have driven.
Canterbury Magistrates' Court
“He said he has a drinking problem and occasionally has a glass of wine at 10am and then drinks through the day. On this day, he had drunk a bottle of wine.”
Meneses, who has a strong South African accent and carries a French driving licence, admitted drink driving.
Alan Land, defending, told the court Meneses is a self-employed teacher working with foreign clients in business and law.
“But between July and August his work dips and he was hoping that his wife would contribute to the family finances,” Mr Land added.
“She was planning a family holiday with their children and would not put the money towards family finances.”
Mr Land said Meneses and his wife had separated and he had moved to St Stephen’s Court.
The solicitor added: “Alcohol has played a part in his life for the last few years and he has tried to address his drinking problem.
“You are an intelligent man. You know the potential for grave danger arising from this incident was extraordinary. It was an exceptionally high reading" - magistrate Jerry Powell
“He has been asking for help.
“It is fair to say he is ashamed and embarrassed by this.”
Meneses, who has no previous convictions, added: “I expected my wife to contribute her first salary to help. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Magistrate Jerry Powell told him: “You are an intelligent man. You know the potential for grave danger arising from this incident was extraordinary. It was an exceptionally high reading.”
Meneses was given a 56-day prison sentence suspended for two years and banned from driving for 32 months.
He must also do an alcohol treatment programme, 40 hours unpaid work and pay £85 costs with an £80 surcharge.