Early morning ride led to ban

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A man might lose his job for the “absolute madness” of deciding to drive after he had been drinking.

Police stopped Robert Key (28) at Austerby, Bourne, at 3.40am on September 22.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said he failed a roadside breath test and blew 84 microgrammes at the police station – more than double the legal limit of 35mcgs.

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said it was Key’s practice to never drink and drive and he would always leave his car when he had been drinking and collect it the following morning.

She said: “On that night he took the decision to drive. He describes that decision as absolute madness on his part.”

Mrs Toal said he works as a storeman for a firm in Stibbington and cannot get to work on time using public transport from his home in Bourne.

“He appereciates there is little or no excuse for his actions on that day,” she said.

Key, of The Pollards, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Spalding magistrates on Thursday banned him for 20 months, but will allow him to cut five months off if he completes a rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £280 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.