Ban for retired naval officer

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WARMING up with a double vodka and coke landed a retired naval officer with an 18-month driving ban and a £200 court bill.

John Adams (73) was arrested after police saw him turn from the A15 into Northope Lane, Thurlby, on December 9.

John Mitchell, prosecuting, told Spalding magistrates that Adams gave a sample showing 69 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – almost double the legal limit of 35mcgs.

Solicitor Debbie Hough said Adams took a vacuum cleaner to be repaired and decided to go to a hotel and warm up with a double vodka and coke, which he mistakenly thought was a two-unit drink.

Adams, of Northorpe Lane, Thurlby, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. He was offered a four-month reduction on his ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.