A Hartlepool Councillor could well be facing the sack from his day job as a tanker driver after being convicted of his second drink driving offence. And without wishing to sound facetious, it is impossible to be a tanker driver when you are banned from driving.
The Councillor, Shane Moore was found by police in his car at around 1 am, asleep behind the wheel.
The police administered a roadside breath test, which Moore failed and he was then taken to Hartlepool Police Station. When interviewed by the police Moore stated he couldn’t remember driving that night and was surprised at the reading as he had a limited amount to drink.
Declining to give evidence at trial, Moore was convicted of a drink driving offence.
The court had heard from PC Tony Kolodziej, who stated how he and his colleague had stopped to see if Moore needed any assistance. When the driver’s door was opened, PC Kolodziej told the court; “It was apparent the driver was asleep, I could hear snores, and see his chest moving up and down.
“There was a strong smell of alcohol, and when the driver spoke his speech was slurred.”
At the police station, Moore gave to further breath tests, the lowest of which was 105mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The current legal limit in England and Wales is 35mcg.
Following his conviction for this offence, the court also heard that Moore had a like conviction dating back to 2005.
Moore was disqualified from driving for 2 years, ordered to undertake 60 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £705.
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