A plumber has been banned from driving for two years after drink-driving, and the extended disqualification may put an end to his new plumbing and electrical business before it even gets started.
Jeremiah Buchanan, 55, pleaded guilty to drink-driving while over the limit.
Bill Astin, prosecuting, told Kirklees Magistrates Court how Buchanan’s silver Mercedes appeared to be driving more slowly than other traffic, leading police officers to flag him down. They smelled alcohol on his breath and then subsequently tested positive for alcohol on a breathalyser. Later testing then revealed that he had 71mcg alcohol per 100ml breath – more than twice the legal limit of 35mcg.
Solicitor Ian Whitely, in Buchanan’s defence, explained that his client had consumed alcohol, but it had been the night before and felt fine to drive when he was pulled over.
District Judge Michael Fanning highlighted that this was his second conviction for drink-driving and said: “This is the second time you’ve been in this situation, and you should have learned from this last time.”
“You must know that driving impaired is dangerous, and you will stay off the road for a longer period.
“It is regrettable that it will affect your job, but you put yourself in this position.”
In addition to the two-year ban, Buchanan must undertake 80 hours of unpaid work, pay £85 costs and a £85 court charge.
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