Blue lights police stop drink-driver

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Police spotted a car in Bourne with a rear light out and, as officers followed, the driver went the wrong way around a roundabout.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said police put on the patrol car’s blue lights, stopped the vehicle and told driver Ben Green he was going to be breath-tested.

Mr Clare said: “He said ‘there’s no need, I have had loads’.”

Spalding magistrates heard Green’s car was stopped at Beech Avenue at about 2am, when Green had 69 microgrammes of alcohol in breath - almost double the drink-drive limit.

Green (26), of Mill Road, Morton, was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £280 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £28 victim surcharge.

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

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said Green accepted he drank far too much that night to drive, but he had intended staying at a friend’s house.

When he got to the friend’s house, there was no one there and he intended to sleep in the car.

Mrs Toal said: “He doesn’t know what came over him but he decided very foolishly to drive.

“He appreciates he was very lucky he didn’t have an accident.”