Man’s three year drive ban

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A man was given a three year drink-driving ban for his second offence within two years.

Presiding magistrate Jenny Frere-Cook said Derek Croker would not be offered a chance to cut the ban through the drink-drive rehabilitation course.

She told him: “It didn’t work before and you have got to live with that consequence.”

Croker (51), of South Drove, Quadring Low Fen, pleaded guilty and was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £20 victim surcharge.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Croker had a previous conviction from January 2011.

She said Croker was stopped on the A152 at Gosberton after a police received a computer system alert he may be “in drink”.

He had 61 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Croker was “knocked out of his normal routine” with a series of events, the death of his ex mum-in-law, a work colleague suffering a stroke and an injury to his own arm.

He had some drink and wasn’t intending to go out, but then had a phone call asking him to pick up a friend who has two artificial knees and has difficulty walking.

Mr Alexander said the passenger, who is in his 70s, had to walk home after police stopped the van. Croker understood he put himself and others at risk.