Man, 30, shopped to police by parents 'doesn't bear a grudge'
Sandbanks millionaire’s son, 30, shopped to police by his parents when he downed two bottles of wine and drove off in his mother’s Mercedes to see his ex is banned from roads after they paid for him to go to rehab
- Edward George, 30, was ‘extremely intoxicated’ in mother’s car in Sandbanks
- Police caught him outside the £2million Poole Harbour flat and arrested him
- George completed rehab at a private Midlands clinic paid for by his parents
- Magistrates gave 46-month driving ban, £400 fine and 150 hours unpaid work
A millionaire’s son who was shopped to police by his parents when he downed two bottles of wine and drove off in his mother’s Mercedes ‘doesn’t bear a grudge’ after they paid for him to go to rehab.
Edward George, 30, was ‘extremely intoxicated’ when he got into his mother Alison’s car outside her Sandbanks home in December last year.
The police caught up with him when he returned to the £2million Poole Harbour flat, just yards away from Harry Redknapp’s home, on foot and he was found to be more than twice the drink-drive limit.
But George, the son of millionaire Brendan George who owned Wimborne Market, won’t face justice until six months after the offence while he undergoes expensive rehab.
George pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance at Poole Magistrates’ Court and was due to be sentenced in April.
But the hearing was adjourned for two months as his family had paid for him to undergo expensive rehab at a private Midlands clinic.
After completing his treatment, magistrates gave him a 46 month driving ban, a £400 fine and ordered him to carry out 150 hours unpaid work.
His case bears striking similarities to that of his younger brother Oliver George.
Edward George, 30, (pictured) was ‘extremely intoxicated’ when he got into his mother Alison’s car outside her Sandbanks home in December last year
George, the son of millionaire Brendan George (Pictured left with his wife Alison) who owned Wimborne Market, won’t face justice until six months after the offence while he undergoes expensive rehab
In 2019, the then 26-year-old Oliver had his sentencing for a drunken fake gun fracas at a yacht club delayed for two months while he went to Barbados for alcohol treatment.
Mark Hensleigh, defending, said Edward George was now sober following treatment.
In 2019, George’s brother, Oliver, had his sentencing for a drunken fake gun fracas at a yacht club delayed for two months while he went to Barbados for alcohol treatment. But during the luxury trip, photos emerged of George apparently drinking
He added that his client bore no resentment towards his parents for calling the police and was indebted to them for paying for his stay in rehab.
Mr Hensleigh said: ‘George has an alcohol problem.
‘He knows he was foolish to drive and cooperated with police.
‘The offence was a lightbulb moment and his parents were able to have the resources to get him away (from Sandbanks) because he needed to get away.
‘He doesn’t bear a grudge against his family for in effect telling police he had gone because no one would have known had they not told police he was driving the car.’
Nicola Reece, prosecuting, said George had driven to his ex-partner’s house to see their son.
When he got there she called a taxi for him to take him home.
Mrs Reece said: ‘Mr George was disqualified from driving for 36 months in April 2021 for offences of driving with excess alcohol.
‘On December 27, 2021, police received a call that Mr George had taken a vehicle from his home address and was heavily intoxicated and the informant had stated he was a disqualified driver.
The police caught up with Georgewhen he returned to the £2million Poole Harbour flat, just yards away from Harry Redknapp’s home, on foot in the exclusive Sandbanks (pictured)
‘Officers attended and he returned to the address on foot.
‘He told officers the location of the vehicle and as he appeared heavily intoxicated he was breathalysed and arrested.
‘At police interview he gave a full account saying he had drunk two bottles of wine and was not in the right state of mind following the break up of his relationship with the mother of his child.
‘He couldn’t sleep so he wanted to see his child and deemed himself fit to drive which he now realises was a stupid decision.’
George, the son of wealthy market owner Brendan George, was found to have 85ml of alcohol in 100ml of breath, over double the 35ml limit.
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