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Whaplode drink driver' life had 'spiralled downwards' since separation

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A Whaplode man charged with driving with excess alcohol has told magistrates at Boston that his life had 'spiralled downwards' since splitting up with his wife.

Simon Healing (51), of Gull Bank, who admitted the offence, provided a positive breath test after being seen by police in his truck without lights in the early hours of the morning of October 24 in Gedney Road, Long Sutton.

After his arrest, he was found to have a reading of 85 micrograms of alcohol in his breath, the legal limit being 35.

Boston Magistrates' Court (52993578)
Boston Magistrates' Court (52993578)

In a prepared statement, Healing said his life had 'spiralled downwards' since his marital breakdown in 2017.

He said he rented out diggers which he had to tow to his customers but he would not be able to do that after being disqualified from driving.

He said he had knowingly only consumed two gin and lemon sodas, but when others had bought him drinks, which he thought were just lemon sodas, he thought they might have put gins in the drinks.

“A driving ban will have a big impact on my life,” he told the court.

Healing was banned from driving for 15 months but was offered the drink drivers' rehabilitation course, which will reduce the period of the ban by 15 weeks.

He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay a total of £119 in court costs and charges.

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