‘Cautious tale’ for drink-drivers

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A driver thought he had slept off some drink but was over the limit when police stopped him, Spalding magistrates heard today (Thursday).

Matthew White (24), of Hall Hill Road, Holbeach, was banned from driving for 16 months, fined £250 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £25 victim surcharge when he admitted having 58mcgs of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

He can cut four months off the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police stopped White’s Ford Transit van on Wildersgath, Holbeach, at 9.15pm on December 14.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said White returned home from work about 3pm, had “a few cans of drink” and went to sleep.

He wasn’t planning to go out until the next morning, but a friend phoned asking for a lift.

Mr Alexander said: “He didn’t feel over the limit at all. He had only had a small amount and had been to sleep.

“That’s a cautious tale that you have got to be very careful about getting into a car with any alcohol you have consumed.”