Father & son sentenced for driving offences after leaving same Bromley pub

PUBLISHED: 13:07 01 July 2011 | UPDATED: 16:32 01 July 2011

Brian Happer

Brian Happer


A father and son with the same name have been sentenced for driving offences - after both being arrested within minutes of leaving the same pub - but on separate days.

Brian Happer, 55, of Holbrook Way, Bromley, was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for two years and until he has passed an extended driving test, at Croydon Crown Court, after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

His sentencing on June 23 comes after he failed to stop his BMW X5 for police after he was seen coming out of the Chequers Pub in Southborough Lane, Bromley at 11.30pm on February 10. He was pursued for about 20 minutes around Bickley before the car was found abandoned in Willow Close. The driver was then identified by the pursuing officers and was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Less than two weeks later, on February 23 at 11.15pm, police officers saw his son Brian Happer, of the same address, driving a Ford Fiesta fast down Southborough Lane, nearly three times over the drink drive limit, after leaving the Chequers. His Ford Fiesta was seized and he was disqualified from driving for 17 months and fined £285 by Bromley Magistrates on March 4, after pleading guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance.

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