Breakdown driver over limit

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Police found a driver three times the legal drink-drive limit when his car was broken down at the roadside.

Matthew Stanley was in Main Road, Quadring, on May 6 last year when officers stopped to speak to him at 1.30am.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Stanley’s breath smelled of drink.

He failed the roadside test and a later test at the police station revealed he had 105 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

Stanley (34), of Turnstone Way, Stanground, Peterborough, originally pleaded not guilty because he had some drink in the car, but changed his plea according to solicitor Rachel Stevens because he could not prove that.

He was given a 36 month ban at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday because it was his third drink-related driving conviction since 2008.

But he can cut 9 months off the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Stanley was given a year’s community order with 120 hours’ unpaid work.

He had also admitted two counts of failing to surrender to bail and one of driving without insurance.

Stanley was fined £110 for the insurance offence and was ordered to pay £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.