Man says he drove drunk to please his wife

2012-07-19 21:19

Johannesburg - A man was fined by the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on Thursday after he was caught driving drunk while on his way to fetch his irritated wife.

Martin de Vries, 59, was fined R1 500 or 100 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving over the limit.

He told magistrate Sean Lea he had been celebrating Father's Day with a friend when he was called by his wife, who needed a lift.

"My wife sounded agitated, and insisted that I fetch her at home even after I had explained to her that I had been drinking and should not drive," De Vries said.

He believed he was not over the limit or incapable of driving.

"I did it against my will, but to please my wife," he said.

De Vries, who has been previously convicted twice for drunk driving, drove straight into a road block, where he learned his blood-alcohol level was 0.08.

Lea said the last of De Vries' two convictions was 26 years ago, and for this reason the court would treat him as a first-time offender.

He said new legislation required the court to suspend De Vries' driver's licence for 10 years due to his previous convictions, but to do so would not be in the interests of justice.

De Vries' licence was suspended for three months.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-19 22:00

    R1,500 thus it, imagine what damages he could have caused with his drunkard. I think a sober speeder is more safer than a drunkard. Anyway I feel very sorry for him, where did he think he is gonna sleep when he had so many. What trouble does a man got to do to be away from his b!t$h

      Tuskal - 2012-07-20 11:04

      Come on, this is just 0.08, that is 3 bottles of beer and it cant make anyone frunk. A sober driver causes accidents as well, what do we blame that to?

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-20 11:19

      R 1500.... and it was his 3rd offence? Why bother, at that cost this poor wife-whipped specimen will just do it again.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-19 22:04

    Man-up! You knowingly committed a crime - again. Really, all we ZAnians need to start owning up to our bad behaviour. My wife made me, everybody else is doing it, magic fairies put that SIM card in my 'phone. You can only have a functional, peaceful, law-abiding society when EVERYBODY observes the laws. Big and small. We want leaders to lead by example, so must we. Every day in every way.

  • johan.vandermerwe.33 - 2012-07-19 23:22

    Kom ons drink n dop daop!!

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-20 07:26

    0.08 is the previous limit and really FAR from drunk. Stupid judge!

      npretorius2 - 2012-07-20 08:10

      True, but alcohol affects people differently, after 2 beers (0.8) I barely notice the affects, but give 2 beers to a 18 year old girl and tell her to drive and see what happens. Rules are rules. If you had more than one beer call a cab.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-20 09:32

      No I would say STUPID WIFE ! Why did she not listen to her husband when he said he is too drunk to drive. What is he had an Accident and someone else in another car got killed ? Would she say SORRY to the family that was left behind ? LADY, get your drivers license and your own car ! Much easier to go and do your own stuff while HUBBY is busy.

      Tuskal - 2012-07-20 11:06

      I just think the limit for this thing is set to tooo low. I start getting drunk after a full bottle of Johny Walker.

      Sam - 2012-07-20 16:13

      @leaproach: your name signifies who you are - a roach. If it's the law, the judge has to apply it - and for drunkards, the harsher the sentence the better. @Tuskal - you are an immature fool. Who are you to say the limit is too low? And you say below that it takes a whole bottle of whiskey before you are drunk?? Take off your alcohol-filled glasses! Obviously neither of you have children (or if you do, you do not care about their safety). I am tired of having to worry about drunkards like you driving headlong into me in your(even slightly) inebriated state and killing off me and/or my beautiful innocent child.

  • godesha - 2012-07-20 07:28

    Shame, the poor guy must have been really scared of his wife to risk his life and the possibility of taking some innocent lives by driving under the influence.

  • bmaestro - 2012-07-20 07:34

    "he was caught driving drunk while on his way to fetch his irritated wife" she that scary(the wifey) up dude grow a pair and stop drunk driving

  • Nasiefa - 2012-07-20 07:45

    Blaming he's wife???? haai that's wrong!

  • faan.gerber - 2012-07-20 08:59

    Lets be honest - how many of us had 2 3 or maybe 4 beers after a golf game and then driving home. I don'n say its right, but be fair - this poor guy is just very scared of his wife - very poor excuse ror a 59 year old.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-20 09:33

      Very scared or he really loves his wife.

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-20 09:03

    "I did it against my will, but to please my wife". Ooh please, you can do better than that to please your irritated wife, and your irritated wife wouldn't be pleased if you were dead in an accident.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-07-20 09:15

    Classic case of being pulled by the nose. Man up dude!

      Tuskal - 2012-07-20 11:08

      u r saying man up because u are not in his position. Let us not judge. If he were to man up, maybe he'd end up in jail... We dont know what happens behind closed doors. When it comes to marriage, we just need to respect every individual's choices as to how s/he treats his/her homestead

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-20 09:18

    " In my world only youuu make me do for love what I would not doooooo"

  • riotousr - 2012-07-20 11:35

    That is nothing. I do it to please no soul.

  • chaapo.sithole - 2012-07-20 12:15


  • tsndou - 2012-10-13 17:22

    Taskal, what is the measurement that you consider to cause drunkness? N

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