Drunk in charge of a horse and van

Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th June 1915


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions William Humberstone, of 104 Amwell Street, Hoddesdon, carman, was charged with being drunk whilst in charge of a horse and van at Waltham Cross on June 15.

P.C Martin said that at 1.40 p.m. he found the defendant was asleep on the van .  The witness aroused him and found that he was drunk.  He took him to the station, where he was seen by Dr Clark, who certified him to be drunk.  The defendant said that from Covent Garden Market to the Boundary House he had only four half-pints of beer.  Four previous convictions were proved against the defendant.

In imposing a fine of a guinea or 13 days, the Chairman repeated the warning given at the previous Court to the effect that they intended to fine more than double for such offences.

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