Three jobs at risk with driving ban

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A MAN with three jobs to make ends meet will lose them all as a result of a driving ban, Spalding magistrates heard.

Police stopped a gold BMW after it was driven past them at speed in Sutton Bridge on May 18.

Paul Reed (42), of Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, admitted driving with 54 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – 19mcgs above the legal limit – when he appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Reed had a drink-drive conviction in 1997.

He mentioned the conviction to show the defendant “should have known better”, although it was outside the ten year period that would have triggered an automatic three year ban.

Solicitor Mark Hudson, mitigating, said Reed thought he did know better because he consumed only two pints – but hadn’t eaten since 3pm the day before.

He said Reed will lose his three jobs as a result of the ban.

Reed was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He can cut three months off the ban by completing a rehabilitation course.