Otis Ferry

FOX hunting buffoon Otis Ferry got off a drink drive ban yesterday claiming he did not know his mates had plied him with treble vodkas.

Ferry, 24, son of rock star Bryan, drove back to a friend’s place after drinking seven vodkas and Red Bull.

He said he thought he had only drunk three single measures at a student ball and magistrates accepted his story.

Ferry told them: “I felt that it was such a weak drink it hadn’t affected me.”

But police pulled him over in his VW Golf crawling along at 20mph at 1am. He was found to have 55mgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath – the legal limit is 35mgs.

Ferry, wearing a pinstripe suit and apologising for his pink and white plimsolls, pleaded with Gloucester magistrates to let him off.

He said: “I felt a bit miffed as to why police pulled me over. I was driving perfectly safely. I did not think I would be over the limit.

“It was only the next day that I found out that maybe things were not as straightforward.”

Farming student mate Charles Bevan, dressed in green tweeds, admitted buying Ferry two treble vodkas at a freshers’ do in a nightclub in Cirencester, Glos, in October 2005. He said: “I wanted to try to get him in the party atmosphere.”

Ferry, notorious for storming the House of Commons chamber in a protest at the fox hunting ban, said he had been pushed into having his first drink. But it did perk me up a hell of a lot.” He then had two more.

Huntmaster Ferry, of Easton Mascott, Shrops, admitted drink-driving. Magistrate Deirdre Waddell said: “We find that Mr Ferry’s drink was laced.” He was fined £500 with £364 costs. He said: “I don’t think I’ve got away with it. I’ve got to pay a huge fine. It would have been horrible to lose my licence.”

But Road safety groups slammed his let-off. Angie Alcock, whose husband Andy was killed by a drunk driver, said: “The sooner they bring in zero tolerance then the closer we will be to saving people’s lives.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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