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Employee took boss's car after drinking half a bottle of whisky

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

AN EMPLOYEE took his boss's car without permission and drove it drunk into a wall, resulting in damage costing £1,500 to repair.

Roberto McElwee, 23, of Falmouth Road, Redruth, pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates' Court to drink-driving on November 18 and to aggravated vehicle taking jointly with another person.

Alison May, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said he had been working as a casual employee at Duchy Hydraulics Ltd, from where he took the Subaru Impreza.

McElwee told an officer he had not been driving but a witness had seen him hit the wall and swap seats with his passenger before the car was driven off.

McElwee tested at 64mcg, nearly twice the legal limit. He later admitted lying and said he only had a provisional licence.

His solicitor Terry Eastwood said the South African, who intended to continue living in Cornwall, and a colleague had drank half a bottle of whisky each before deciding to drive the boss's car to a pub.

He lost his job because of what happened.

McElwee was given a community order for nine months with a programme requirement and banned from driving for 16 months. A drink banning order was also imposed, he had to pay £145 costs and surcharge and compensation of £350.