Spalding drink-driver arrested after car breakdown

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Police arrested a Spalding drink-driver after his car broke down and was “causing a dangerous obstruction” in Baker’s Lane at Freiston, near Boston.

Thomas Bell (25), of The Wende, was found to have 50 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – 15mcgs above the legal limit, Boston magistrates heard.

Bell, who pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, was fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Magistrates on Wednesday also banned him from driving for 14 months, but he can cut 14 weeks off the ban by completing a rehabilitation course.

Ruth Snodin, prosecuting, said police were called out in the early hours of December 2 following a report of a broken down car causing a dangerous obstruction.

She said the front bumper was missing from Bell’s Vauxhall Astra and he told police he had heard a bang and a scraping noise – he pulled the bumper off but the car wouldn’t start again.

Mrs Snodin said Bell was unable to describe what he had hit.

She said he was “slow in his responses” to police questions and he was breath-tested.

Solicitor Mike Alexander said Bell and his girlfriend had intended to stay at a hotel in Skegness that night, but he decided to drive home when the hotel had no record of his booking.