Three bottles of beer led to a year’s ban

Crime News.
Crime News.

A drink-driver was caught out when police made a routine stop of his VW Golf in the early hours of the morning.

Anthony Corrigan (21), of Churchfleet Lane, Gosberton, had drunk three bottles of beer during a friend’s birthday and had 52 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – 17 over the legal limit of 35mcgs.

Corrigan pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in Spalding’s Albion Street on July 17 when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He was fined £340 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £34 victim surcharge.

Magistrates also banned him from driving for a year, but he can cut three months off the disqualification if he pays to go on a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said officers stopped Corrigan at 2.40am.

He said it was just a routine check but police smelled intoxicants on his breath.

Corrigan, who was not represented by a solicitor, said it was a friend’s birthday and he drank three bottles of beer without realising “it was quite strong”.

He said he works as a plumbing and drainage engineer and drove that night because he was on call.

Corrigan said his job relies on him having a driving licence, but it’s not yet certain that he will lose his work.

“My boss is trying to thrash something out to see what we can do,” Corrigan said.

“He says he can’t make any promises. Unfortunately the line of work I am in is dependent on having a driving licence.”

Asked if he had anything more to say, Corrigan told magistrates: “Just to apologise, really, for everything.”