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Holbeach drink-driver banned for 40 months

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A Holbeach drink-driver has been banned from the roads for 40 months.

Benjie Ravenscroft (43) was more than twice the limit when he caused a crash involving several vehicles.

Police attended and Ravenscroft said: “I’ve had a drink, breathalyse me.”

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (49623267)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (49623267)

He failed a roadside test and in custody blew 82 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

At King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Ravenscroft pleaded guilty to drink-driving and having no insurance for the Subaru.

The bench was told he had a previous drink-driving conviction in 2016.

Hugh Cauthery, mitigating, said the crash happened near the Worzals roundabout on the A47 at Walton Highway, near Wisbech.

He added: “There had been an enormous rainstorm. He simply skidded and, as a result, lost control briefly.

“It was a high level of alcohol, it’s fair to say. He acknowledges that he does have a drink problem.

“The accident occurred due to the extreme weather conditions rather than his alcohol consumption, I would submit.

“He’s not going to drive again until he has sorted this alcohol problem. He’s not driven since the day of the accident.”

Ravenscroft can reduce the length of the ban with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £34 victim surcharge.

There was no separate penalty for the insurance offence.

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