Court spurns driver`s tale of woe

A man living in his car after a row with his partner poured himself a few drinks, turned the engine on to get warm - and was promptly arrested.

Martin Williams, a development officer with South Cambridgeshire District Council, told his tale of woe to seemingly unmoved Cambridge magistrates.

They fined him £225 with £60 court costs for being in charge of a car - because the engine was running, even though it was not moving - while over the limit.

Mr Williams, 46, said he had taken refuge in the car in a lay-by near his home in Caxton, Cambs, and that he had been perfectly sober when he got in it.

He said: ""I was actually living in the car. I had had a fall-out with my partner. I had turned on the car to get some heating."

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