Driver gets three year ban

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Police stopped a car when a back light was out and found the driver was over the drink-drive limit.

Daniel Clark was given a three-year ban by Spalding magistrates today (Thursday) because it was his second offence within ten years.

He was fined £200 with an order for £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police stopped Clark on Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, at 1.10am on February 16. He had 61 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35.

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said Clark will almost certainly lose his job as a result of a foolish decision to switch to alcohol rather than drink Coke.

Clark (43), of Pudding Lane, Peterborough, pleaded guilty.

Presiding magistrate Jenny Frere-Cook said there would be no offer of a drink-drive rehabilitation course – which can cut a ban by a quarter – because Clark did not take the opportunity when it was offered for his first offence.