A Holmfirth man’s dream of joining the Royal Marines is now in tatters following his conviction for drink-driving.
Richard Lally, of Holme Court, New Mill, pleaded guilty to driving whilst over the prescribed limit at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.
A district judge told the 22-year-old that he had thrown away his chance of serving his country following the incident in which he crashed his father’s car.
Andy Wills, prosecuting, said that the offence happened at 4am on April 9.
Police had received a telephone call about the smash on Woodhead Road in Lockwood.
They arrived to find that the Vauxhall Corsa had hit some bollards and a lamppost.
The driver had left the scene but police established that the car belonged to Lally’s father. Lally was taken to Huddersfield Police Station where breath tests showed that he had 53 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
The court heard that following the smash shaken Lally called his mother and father to come and pick him up.
His father stayed at the crash scene, called police and waited for them to arrive.
Bob Carr, mitigating, said that his client’s conviction meant that he could no longer join the Royal Marines.
He told District Judge Michael Fanning: “This man appears before you with shattered dreams.
“Today should be part of his final training at Lympstone - which is like Sandhurst - to be assessed to see if he could go into the Royal Marines.”
Judge Fanning told Lally: “It seems you’ve thrown away a real chance to serve your country and community. I accept that the penalty for you is the total loss of your career.”
Lally was banned from driving for 14 months and ordered to pay £200 fine, £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.