Drunk in charge of a horse and cart

Hertfordshire Mercury, 11th September 1915


At Hatfield Petty Sessions John Cox, 53, a carman, of Welwyn, was summoned for being drunk in charge of a horse and cart on September 2.  He replied in answer to the charge: ‘I was not drunk, I am sorry to say.’  P.s. Olding said that on Thursday, the 2nd inst., he was in St Albans Road, when he saw a coal cart with a horse attached.  There was a little boy aged about ten in the cart, but he could not control the horse.  The defendant was just behind the cart, and he was staggering about the road.  He smelt of drink and was bleeding from the left eye.  He tried to get up into the cart but could not, and the witness took him to the police station.  He was allowed out the same night.  The defendant said he had not had any drink for some time and he had ‘a couple’ which took effect on him.  As he was getting up into the cart the horse started before he was ready, and threw him on to the kerb.  The defendant was fined 5s.  The defendant: ‘Thank you, Sir, I am much obliged to you.’

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