A 29-year-old man from the Smallthorne area of Stoke-on-Trent has been banned from the roads for two years after being caught drink driving at three times the legal limit after “a good day at work”.
The police officers who stopped him immediately realised he had been drinking.
Prosecuting, Emma Thompson told the court that the defendant was stopped in Sneyd Hill, Smallthorne, on June 3.
“It was clear he had been drinking. He provided a positive roadside breath test and, at the police station, was breathalysed and gave a reading of 102 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, against the legal limit of 35,” she said.
The man, who has no previous convictions, has little memory of the events of the day due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed and was unable to explain why he got in the car. He had not imbibed alcohol for two months prior to the incident and has not drunk since.
Mitigating, Rob Glenn said that his client had consumed alcohol after a good day at work, adding: “It had an adverse reaction. He took the decision to drive, albeit he can’t remember that There was no evidence of bad driving.”
Chairman of the bench, Mark Olszewski told the defendant: “You are before the court with a particularly high reading. Driving with this amount of alcohol in your system presents an unacceptable risk to the public.”
After pleading guilty to the drink driving charges, magistrates banned the man from driving for two years and ordered him to pay £135 costs and a £85 surcharge. His ban may be reduced by 24 weeks if he completes the drink drivers rehabilitation course.
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