Drink-driver is ready to give up motoring

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An Audi driver involved in a three car shunt on the A17 was breath-tested and found to be almost three times the legal drink-drive limit.

Jonathan Congreve (38), formerly of Church Gardens, Lutton, had a previous drink-drive conviction from December 2010.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, for Congreve, said: “This is a high reading, which he recognises, and it’s his second similar conviction within a short period of time.

“He’s resolved he doesn’t want to drive any more. He doesn’t feel it’s appropriate for him to do so. He doesn’t enjoy driving.”

She said Congreve did not wish to be offered the rehabilitation course, which would have given him an opportunity to cut the length of his ban.

Spalding magistrates on Thursday banned Congreve from driving for three years and sentenced him to nine months supervision by the probation service.

He must pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Congreve, now of Colkirk, near Fakenham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and also admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence, which had been revoked at the time of the accident on September 16, and received no separate penalty for that offence.

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, said police breath-tested three drivers involved in a shunt at Gedney and Congreve had a reading of 104 microgrammes of alcohol – almost three times the legal limit.

Miss Stevens said Congreve had been through very difficult times with the sudden loss of his mother four years ago, which left him with anxiety, depression and alcohol dependency.

Following the death of his father, for whom he was sole executor, he found correspondence between his father and Social Services which led him to have contact with a lady he found to be his half sister.

He had made arrangements to go and see his half sister on the day the accident occurred and all thoughts of the alcohol he had consumed that day went out of his head.

Miss Stevens said the accident happened because a driver in front suddenly slammed on the brakes because he was looking for a turn.