Drink-driver’s lager can in door pocket

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A drink-driver had a can of Carling lager in the door pocket of his van when police stopped him in the early hours.

Charles Clark (24), of Station Road, Tydd Gote, was stopped in Wharf Street, Sutton Bridge, at 3.30am when a police sergeant spotted that Clark’s passenger wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting at Spalding Magistrates’ Court, said the passenger was drinking from a pint glass. The van smelled strongly of alcohol and the officer found a can of Carling in the driver’s side door pocket.

Miss Ritson said: “It felt nearly empty when the officer picked it up.”

Clark pleaded guilty to driving with 55 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – 20 above the legal limit – and was banned from driving for 16 months.

He was also fined £180 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Magistrates allowed Clark to take a rehabilitation course at his own expense and if he successfully completes it he will get a four month reduction of the ban.

Clark made no comment on the offence to the court.