Well over drink-drive limit on day of divorce

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A MAN intended to have a cup of coffee the day his divorce was finalised but had booze instead and was three times the drink drive limit when police pulled him up.

Joao Alves (37), of Tolls Lane, Holbeach, was driving slowly along the A151 at Whaplode with a queue of about 15 vehicles behind when police spotted him.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said an officer was travelling towards Spalding when he saw Alves driving his Rover in the opposite direction.

The Rover swerved towards the grass verge and then towards the officer’s lane.

The officer turned to follow, activated his blue lights and sirens, and again saw the Rover swerve towards the verge before it pulled up and straddled both carriageways.

Alves admitted driving with 117 microgrammes of alcohol in breath on April 23 – more than three times the legal limit of 35mcgs – and was banned from driving for 24 months.

He must also do 150 hours unpaid work as part of a community order and pay £85 costs.

The court will allow Alves to cut the ban by six months if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said Alves does not normally drink and the ban will mean he has to cycle between his home in Holbeach and work at Pinchbeck.

She said his divorce was finalised that day and he found it distressing.

Miss Stevens told the court: “He is only grateful that nobody was hurt because he appreciates the standard of his driving was very much affected by the alcohol.”