Man loses job with drive ban

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POLICE officers on foot stopped driver Luke Cowlen after he leaned out of his car window and began shouting – and found he was over the drink-drive limit.

Cowlen (19), of Brownlow Crescent, Pinchbeck, was banned from driving for a year, fined £150 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £15 victim surcharge when he appeared in court on Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to driving with 49 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35.

Spalding magistrates gave Cowlen the chance to cut three months off the ban by completing a rehabilitation course.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police also spotted Cowlen wasn’t wearing a seat belt when they stopped him in Albion Street, Spalding.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said the ban would be devastating for Cowlen as he would lose his job.

He had two drinks at lunchtime, two more at 7pm and thought he would be safe to drive by 11pm, the time he was stopped. Miss Stevens said he only drove because some friends phoned asking him for a lift.

He was adamant he was wearing his seat belt.