‘Good Samaritan’ gets hefty drink-drive fine

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A ‘Good Samaritan’ was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit when he drove from Bourne to Spalding to pick up his girlfriend.

Magistrates heard Nicholas Osborn drank five or six cans of beer at home but didn’t intend to go out until he got a call from his girlfriend.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said police saw Osborn’s Rover being driven “slowly and hesitantly” at 3.10am in New Road, Spalding.

Police followed the car to Westlode Street, stopped it and noticed a “strong smell of liquor”.

A test showed Osborn (25) had 71 microgrammess of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

Solicitor Mark Hudson said Osborn’s girlfriend had gone out accompanied by his step-brother.

He said: “She was extremely distressed. She couldn’t get a taxi because his step-brother was so drunk no taxi would take him.”

Mr Hudson said Osborn could hear voices in the background and believed his girlfriend was being harassed and was worried for her safety.

Osborn, of Northfields, Bourne, was fined £326 and must pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge when he admitted driving with excess alcohol. He can cut four months off a 19-month ban if he takes a rehabilitation course.

Presiding magistrate Malcolm Johnson said: “It’s a substantial amount of money for your Good Samaritan task for your girlfriend and your brother.”