Drink-driver suffered family tragedy

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A man using alcohol as a prop to cope with the loss of his dad was caught by police when he was over the drink-drive limit.

Phillip Hixon (42) was stopped by police in New Road, Spalding, on June 29.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the officer smelled intoxicants and Hixon failed a roadside breath test.

A test at the police station revealed 55 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – 20 over the legal limit.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Hixon was not working because of ill health.

He said Hixon had suffered depression following the death of his father on May 31.

“He accepts for quite some time now he has been using alcohol as a crotch to try and help him with the loss,” Mr Alexander said. “Tragedy has struck him and he has not taken it in the best way and he’s ended up in a criminal court having drink-driven.”

Hixon, of The Brambles, Holbeach, was banned from driving for a year, fined £110 and must pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Spalding magistrates are allowing him to cut three months off the ban if he attends a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

Hixon pleaded guilty to the offence.