Drink-driving brothers caught when police saw them staggering around

Two brothers were caught drink-driving after police spotted one of them ‘staggering around’ their Jeep as they swapped seats on their way back from a drunken Christmas night out

  • Stuart Musgrave and brother Jamie were both three times over the alcohol limit 
  • They swapped places in the Renegade 4×4 when Stuart got out to urinate 
  • Officers then spotted them 90 metres down the road fumbling in the Jeep
  • Both banned from driving for three years after they denied any wrongdoing 

Stuart (right) and Jamie (left) were three times the drink-driving limit when polcie caught them in Swinton 

Two drink-driving brothers were caught taking turns at the wheel of a Jeep as they headed home from a Christmas night out.

Accounts administrator Stuart Musgrave, 32, and 29-year old Jamie, both from Salford, Greater Manchester, were spotted after the older sibling got out to urinate.

Jamie then moved over to the passenger seat of the Renegade 4×4 car as his brother staggered to the driver’s side and headed off.

Police in a patrol vehicle parked nearby spotted the pair fumbling and stopped them 90 metres down the road with the car’s hazard lights still flashing.

Both failed breathalyser tests with Stuart having 110 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath and Jamie showing 115mg in 100ml of breath. The legal alcohol limit for driving is 35mg.

Father-of-two Stuart and father-of-one Jamie were found guilty of driving with excess alcohol and each were banned from the roads for three years. Both had denied wrongdoing.

The incident occurred at 12.15am on December 21 last year after the bothers had been out together in the Swinton area of Salford.

The brothers (pictured outside Manchester Magistrates’ Court) are banned from driving for three years and initially denied any wrongdoing 

Prosecutor Robin Lynch told Manchester Magistrates’ Court: ‘They were both charged with drink driving offences occurring on the same day. Officers were on uniformed mobile patrol in a police vehicle in the area and at 12.15 am they saw a black Jeep Renegade pass their vehicle and stop at the near side.

‘Stuart Musgrave alighted from the vehicle from the front passenger seat and he then urinated at the side of the road. Whilst Stuart was out of the vehicle, the driver Jamie Musgrave swapped from the driver’s seat to the front passenger’s seat.

‘Stuart returned to the vehicle to find his brother in that seat and was described to be ‘staggering around’ to the driver’s seat. They began driving off and the hazard lights were illuminated for 100 yards afterwards.

‘The officers stopped the vehicle and both Stuart and Jamie were asked to exit the vehicle. Both provided positive samples during a roadside breathalyser test and were arrested, cautioned and taken to the police station.’

Jamie (left) and Stuart (right) were caught out after stopping at the side of the road then continuing on with their hazard lights blaring 

Jamie had a previous conviction for driving with excess alcohol in April 2010, for which he was disqualified from driving for for 12 months. His brother was also convicted of the same offence in May 2011, for which he was disqualified for two years.

Neither brother was represented by a lawyer and they didn’t provide a comment to the court. Bot were made subject of a 12 month community order.

Jamie was ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work, complete 15 sessions of the Drink Impaired Drivers programme and pay £500 court costs.

Stuart was ordered to wear an electronically tag for ten weeks as part of a 8pm to 7am curfew. He was also ordered to complete 15 sessions of the Drink Impaired Drivers programme and pay £500 court costs.


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