Facing prison: the drink driver who broke boy’s legs

A DRINK-DRIVER who knocked down a nine-year-old boy, breaking both his legs, could face jail.

Malcolm Geoffrey Foster, 52, was on bail for another drink-driving offence when the accident happened at around 6.30pm on Friday, a court heard.

The self-employed plumber was driving to his home in Malton Street, Boothtown, Halifax, when the child ran out from between two parked cars.

Prosecutor Lisa Beadle told Calderdale magistrates Foster followed the child’s family into their house and admitted it had been his fault.

“They noticed he had alcohol on his breath,” she said.

“Officers who attended were also confident they could smell intoxicants.”

Foster, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, was unable to do a breathalyser test due to his condition.

He admitted he had been drinking but refused to provide a blood sample at Halifax police station, the court heard.

“He did appear drunk. His speech was slurred, he was unsteady on his feet and his eyes were glazed,” said Miss Beadle.

Foster was on bail at the time after he was caught drink-driving on June 24.

He was arrested after ploughing into the back of an off-duty police officer’s car in Winding Road, Halifax, at 11pm.

He agreed to a blood sample then, and was found to be more than two and a half times the legal limit.

He admitted drink-driving and failing to provide a specimen of blood.

In mitigation, the court heard he had wrongly believed he could provide a urine sample instead.

He admitted having a drink problem and said he intended to sell his car and never drive again.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until September 19 and issued an interim ban until then.

Foster, who has previous convictions for drink-driving and driving while disqualified, was bailed but warned he could face a prison sentence.