Drunk in charge at the time of the crash

Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th December 1914


At about 8 p.m. on the Saturday evening, Lower High Street, Watford, was the scene of an alarming collision.  A taxi-cab that was being driven towards the arches crashed into a milk cart going in the opposite direction.  The impact was of such violence that the horse and cart were overturned, and the front of the taxi-cab appeared to be badly damaged.  Both the driver of the taxi, Mr E.R. Payne of Hendon, and the driver of the cart, which belonged to Mr Wells, a Bushey dairyman, were thrown into the road, though neither of them was seriously injured.  It was found, however, that the horse was badly hurt and it was subsequently killed.

At the Police Court on the Tuesday, Payne pleaded guilty to being drunk whilst in charge of a motor car.  His solicitor stated that he had joined the colours as a driver of a Red Cross ambulance, and was awaiting instructions from the War Office.

The Bench ordered the defendant to pay the cost of the case, which would be adjourned for a month. The Chairman said that if the defendant went to the front, he would hear nothing further of the matter.

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