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Holbeach man gets 18-months drive ban and £400 fine for drink-driving

A depressed Holbeach man, who drove off from his home 'in drink' and threatening suicide, was found at Gedney Dyke where he had pulled over for another drink, a court has been told.

Aaron Stevens (25), of East Elloe Avenue, admitted driving his Vauxhall Vectra after consuming excess alcohol, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates' Court.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare said that a concerned family member reported to the police at around 2am on December 29, that Stevens had gone off in his car 'in drink' and threatening suicide.

He said officers found Stevens in his car at Marsh Road, Holbeach Hurn, and the car keys were taken from him and he was arrested after providing a positive breath test.

A later test showed he had a reading of 65 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, the legal limit being 35.

Philippa Chatterton, in mitigation, said Stevens had been diagnosed with depression and was awaiting counselling.

She said that alcohol consumed by him had made him 'extremely low' and he contemplated suicide before going out in his car 'to carry it out'.

She said he now had a full time job which would not be affected by his disqualification.

Stevens was banned from driving for 18 months but was offered the drink drivers' rehabilitation course which will reduce the period of the ban by 18 weeks.

He was also fined £400 and ordered to pay £125 in court costs and charges.

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