Husband and wife Charles Fitch and Kathryn Mason banned after being caught drink-driving on same day

Daily Echo: Kathryn Mason and Charles Fitch outside court Kathryn Mason and Charles Fitch outside court

A HUSBAND and wife were both arrested for drink driving after he went to her aid when she had a car crash, magistrates heard.

Charles Fitch, 75, was so worried when he was told his wife had been involved in an accident that he set off from home to look for her, the court was told.

But when he arrived at the scene, police suspected he had been drinking and breath-tested him at the roadside.

Fitch did not know his wife, Kathryn Mason, had also been breathalysed and both were charged over the offences committed on Saturday, December 14, during police’s annual Christmas crackdown on drink driving.

The couple had their cases heard in neighbouring courts at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Magistrates in court 4 heard Fitch, a former aircraft engineer and company director, was nearly twice the alcohol limit for driving. He had 62 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath when the legal limit is 35.

He admitted having “a couple of whiskies” and was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £400 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

Meanwhile in court 3, 59-year-old Mason admitted to driving with 74 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – more than twice the legal limit – and was banned for 17 months, fined £350 and told to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £35.

The court was told Mason’s black Peugeot 207 was involved in a collision in Pinehurst Road, West Moors, Dorset, just after 9pm as she was returning home from a club.

Fitch went to look for her “slowly and carefully” in his Vauxhall Astra and was arrested after speaking to police officers on the A31, near the scene of the crash.

The couple live at Nouale Lane in Poulner, Ringwood.

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6:16am Fri 10 Jan 14

10 Minute Man says...

"Crackdown Fitch" is a pretty cool nickname for a 75-year-old
"Crackdown Fitch" is a pretty cool nickname for a 75-year-old 10 Minute Man
  • Score: 34

6:40am Fri 10 Jan 14

sue1956 says...

Just what I thought! Very funny! Daily Echo at it's best as usual!
Just what I thought! Very funny! Daily Echo at it's best as usual! sue1956
  • Score: 19

7:46am Fri 10 Jan 14

freakout says...

Dismiss the Reporter !
Dismiss the Reporter ! freakout
  • Score: -1

7:52am Fri 10 Jan 14

hulla baloo says...

He pays a 40-00 victim surcharge, she a 35-00 surcharge. Firstly, who was the victim?
Secondly, it was first brought in, if I recall, at 15-00.
Just another name for revenue.
He pays a 40-00 victim surcharge, she a 35-00 surcharge. Firstly, who was the victim? Secondly, it was first brought in, if I recall, at 15-00. Just another name for revenue. hulla baloo
  • Score: -3

7:54am Fri 10 Jan 14

Dai Rear says...

The lady on the right of the picture should pack up smoking though it may already be too late-her head has turned into a balloon
The lady on the right of the picture should pack up smoking though it may already be too late-her head has turned into a balloon Dai Rear
  • Score: 14

9:53am Fri 10 Jan 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Most expensive DOUBLE they have had for a long time . Hope the hangover was worth it .
Most expensive DOUBLE they have had for a long time . Hope the hangover was worth it . SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 7

10:20am Fri 10 Jan 14

elvisimo says...

nice cankles.
nice cankles. elvisimo
  • Score: -5

10:41am Fri 10 Jan 14

Linesman says...

A couple who share the same taste?

I'll drink to that!
A couple who share the same taste? I'll drink to that! Linesman
  • Score: 4

12:56pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Linesman wrote:
A couple who share the same taste?

I'll drink to that!
Champagne or beer?
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: A couple who share the same taste? I'll drink to that![/p][/quote]Champagne or beer? Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: -1

12:57pm Fri 10 Jan 14

solomum says...

10 Minute Man wrote:
"Crackdown Fitch" is a pretty cool nickname for a 75-year-old
I am going to get my 11 year old to apply for work experience at the Daily Echo as a proof reader.
[quote][p][bold]10 Minute Man[/bold] wrote: "Crackdown Fitch" is a pretty cool nickname for a 75-year-old[/p][/quote]I am going to get my 11 year old to apply for work experience at the Daily Echo as a proof reader. solomum
  • Score: 6

1:15pm Fri 10 Jan 14

RomseyKeith says...

Crackdown is a brilliant first name. I get that reporters have deadlines, but surely passing to a colleague to proof read for all of 30 seconds wouldn't hurt.
Or are all the Echo staff backstabbers, looking to pinch other's stories or sabotage other's careers? Maybe it's just a really nasty place to work, so no-one dares to pass their work to another for proof reading.
Crackdown is a brilliant first name. I get that reporters have deadlines, but surely passing to a colleague to proof read for all of 30 seconds wouldn't hurt. Or are all the Echo staff backstabbers, looking to pinch other's stories or sabotage other's careers? Maybe it's just a really nasty place to work, so no-one dares to pass their work to another for proof reading. RomseyKeith
  • Score: 7

1:35pm Fri 10 Jan 14

TheMysterycat says...

solomum wrote:
10 Minute Man wrote: "Crackdown Fitch" is a pretty cool nickname for a 75-year-old
I am going to get my 11 year old to apply for work experience at the Daily Echo as a proof reader.
I fear he/she will be far to over qualified at aged 11 to proof read the rubbish published here. These mistakes are more in line with a 5 year old.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]10 Minute Man[/bold] wrote: "Crackdown Fitch" is a pretty cool nickname for a 75-year-old[/p][/quote]I am going to get my 11 year old to apply for work experience at the Daily Echo as a proof reader.[/p][/quote]I fear he/she will be far to over qualified at aged 11 to proof read the rubbish published here. These mistakes are more in line with a 5 year old. TheMysterycat
  • Score: 6

3:14pm Fri 10 Jan 14

st1halo says...

Crackdown Fitch. Is that his 'swingers' name?
Crackdown Fitch. Is that his 'swingers' name? st1halo
  • Score: 3

5:28pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Linesman says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Linesman wrote:
A couple who share the same taste?

I'll drink to that!
Champagne or beer?
Both! I've got two hands.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: A couple who share the same taste? I'll drink to that![/p][/quote]Champagne or beer?[/p][/quote]Both! I've got two hands. Linesman
  • Score: 2

5:52pm Fri 10 Jan 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

Awwww how romantic - His and Hers Driving bans. Sweet.
Awwww how romantic - His and Hers Driving bans. Sweet. MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: 7

8:23pm Fri 10 Jan 14

boilerman says...

What is this victim surcharge? and who gets the money?
What is this victim surcharge? and who gets the money? boilerman
  • Score: -1

10:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

dolomiteman says...

hulla baloo wrote:
He pays a 40-00 victim surcharge, she a 35-00 surcharge. Firstly, who was the victim?
Secondly, it was first brought in, if I recall, at 15-00.
Just another name for revenue.
FFS. Every time the victim surcharge is mentioned you and your Echo buddies make similar comments, it is a way of collecting money to compensate victims of crime so that the honest law abiding tax payers don't have to pay via the government.
Every person convicted in court pays an amount into this pot, the government do not keep a single penny of it so it is not a way of collect revenue.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: He pays a 40-00 victim surcharge, she a 35-00 surcharge. Firstly, who was the victim? Secondly, it was first brought in, if I recall, at 15-00. Just another name for revenue.[/p][/quote]FFS. Every time the victim surcharge is mentioned you and your Echo buddies make similar comments, it is a way of collecting money to compensate victims of crime so that the honest law abiding tax payers don't have to pay via the government. Every person convicted in court pays an amount into this pot, the government do not keep a single penny of it so it is not a way of collect revenue. dolomiteman
  • Score: 4

11:18pm Fri 10 Jan 14

beesdee says...

hulla baloo wrote:
He pays a 40-00 victim surcharge, she a 35-00 surcharge. Firstly, who was the victim?
Secondly, it was first brought in, if I recall, at 15-00.
Just another name for revenue.
Who cares?! The more it costs them, the better. If people know there will be a fine and a victim surcharge of some amount, maybe that will add to the deterrent. My top tip: drink or drive, not both.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: He pays a 40-00 victim surcharge, she a 35-00 surcharge. Firstly, who was the victim? Secondly, it was first brought in, if I recall, at 15-00. Just another name for revenue.[/p][/quote]Who cares?! The more it costs them, the better. If people know there will be a fine and a victim surcharge of some amount, maybe that will add to the deterrent. My top tip: drink or drive, not both. beesdee
  • Score: 2

11:28pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Scatgirl says...

they will have to get a bus pass! wonder what the service is like down that way...
they will have to get a bus pass! wonder what the service is like down that way... Scatgirl
  • Score: 1

11:45pm Sat 11 Jan 14

sass says...

TheMysterycat wrote:
solomum wrote:
10 Minute Man wrote: "Crackdown Fitch" is a pretty cool nickname for a 75-year-old
I am going to get my 11 year old to apply for work experience at the Daily Echo as a proof reader.
I fear he/she will be far to over qualified at aged 11 to proof read the rubbish published here. These mistakes are more in line with a 5 year old.
"far to (sic) over qualified"...pot calling kettle methinks !
[quote][p][bold]TheMysterycat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]10 Minute Man[/bold] wrote: "Crackdown Fitch" is a pretty cool nickname for a 75-year-old[/p][/quote]I am going to get my 11 year old to apply for work experience at the Daily Echo as a proof reader.[/p][/quote]I fear he/she will be far to over qualified at aged 11 to proof read the rubbish published here. These mistakes are more in line with a 5 year old.[/p][/quote]"far to (sic) over qualified"...pot calling kettle methinks ! sass
  • Score: -1

1:57pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Charlie Bucket says...

beesdee wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
He pays a 40-00 victim surcharge, she a 35-00 surcharge. Firstly, who was the victim?
Secondly, it was first brought in, if I recall, at 15-00.
Just another name for revenue.
Who cares?! The more it costs them, the better. If people know there will be a fine and a victim surcharge of some amount, maybe that will add to the deterrent. My top tip: drink or drive, not both.
People generally commit this sort of crime because they think they won't get caught, not because the consequences of getting caught aren't off-putting enough.
[quote][p][bold]beesdee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: He pays a 40-00 victim surcharge, she a 35-00 surcharge. Firstly, who was the victim? Secondly, it was first brought in, if I recall, at 15-00. Just another name for revenue.[/p][/quote]Who cares?! The more it costs them, the better. If people know there will be a fine and a victim surcharge of some amount, maybe that will add to the deterrent. My top tip: drink or drive, not both.[/p][/quote]People generally commit this sort of crime because they think they won't get caught, not because the consequences of getting caught aren't off-putting enough. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

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