Disqualified driver was also over the drink limit

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A HOLBEACH man driving while disqualified was over the drink-drive limit.

Dale Hall (22), of Hallgate, believed he would not be over the limit after a night out and thought he had regained his licence. But magistrates in Spalding on Thursday heard how he had failed to take a compulsory re-test to get it back.

Hall admitted drink-driving and driving while disqualified. He was given a 100 hours’ community order and banned from driving for two years. He must also re-take his driving test.

Jill Darby, prosecuting, said Hall was stopped by police on Albion Street, Spalding, on May 22 and failed a roadside breath test. He was later found to have 90 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Solicitor Anita Toal, defending, said: “In terms of driving whilst disqualified, the time period had passed but the wording included ‘until he takes a re-test’. He says he misunderstood.”

Mrs Toal said the DVLA had returned his licence.

Hall was offered a drink-drive rehabiliatation course to reduce his disqualification by six months.