Tip-off led to an arrest

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Police received a late night tip-off there was “a possible drink-driver” leaving a pub at Pinchbeck and ended up making an arrest.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said officers on duty on March 25 received the message at 11.30pm and saw a Peugeot driven onto Poacher’s Gate.

Officers caused Peter Burdett (62), who lives in Poacher’s Gate, to stop and he gave a positive roadside breath test.

Miss Stace said an evidential test at the police station revealed Burdett had 45 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – ten above the legal limit.

She said the reading level meant Burdett was offered the statutory option of supplying a specimen of blood, but he declined.

Burdett, who pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, was banned from driving for a year, fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Boston magistrates today (Wednesday) offered him a three-month reduction of the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.