A young tank driver's career is in doubt after he crashed his car into a wall following a night out drinking.
Teenager Jack Sharp had only recently qualified as a tank driver for his regiment.
But that role ‘immediately vanished’ following his conviction at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The court also heard that while not discharged from the Army, Sharp faces further punishment though its own justice system.
Sharp, of Banks Crescent in Golcar, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis.
The Huddersfield court heard that on the evening of January 10 he had been drinking at the Junction pub in Golcar.
At just after 11pm the 18-year-old got in his Renault Clio.
He drove it along Knowl Road where he lost control and collided with a wall belonging to Golcar Conservative Club.
Sharp was witnessed unsuccessfully trying to move the car away from the wall before getting out to clear debris from the road.
Police were called and arrested him when he refused to provide a breath sample.
He later admitted that he was scared what the breathalyser might show after confessing that he had drunk up to four pints at the pub.
Sharp’s solicitor Lucy Malpas said that there was no reason for him getting behind the wheel as it would have been just a 200 yard walk to his girlfriend’s house.
She told the court that Sharp joined the Army after leaving school and is based in Dorset.
Ms Malpas described the Army’s view of his offence as “negative”.
She added: “Mr Sharp’s sole role within the Army is a tank driver. He has to accept his employability and his role has immediately vanished.
“They are so disappointed with him (and) are not happy with the situation he’s placed the Army in.
“He won’t be discharged but will also receive a sentence within the Army for bringing the Army into disrepute.”
Magistrates banned Sharp from driving for 28 months.
He must also pay £1,200 fine, £85 court costs and £120 victim surcharge.