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Answering call for help costs man his licence

Boston Magistrates' Court (4289645)
Boston Magistrates' Court (4289645)

A Whaplode man who only drove because he needed to go and help with a leak at his parents' house, will now lose his job because he was over the drink-drive limit, a court has heard.

Brian Hill, 44, of Wheatfields, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Boston Magistrates' Court.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police were called at 10.25pm on August 24 after Hill hit a telegraph pole in Austendyke Road, Weston Hills, and found him to be staggering, with slurred speech and smelling of alcohol.

He was arrested and gave a positive reading of 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than twice the legal limit of 35.

She said he told officers that he did not feel drunk but put his reading down to not having eaten at all through the day.

Mitigating, Michael Alexander said Hill was 'very remorseful' and had only been driving because his sister had called him to say there was a leak at his parents' house and he felt he should go and help.

Mr Alexander told the magistrates Hill had now lost his job as driving was essential for his employment.

He was banned from driving for 20 months but was offered the drink-drivers' rehabilitation course which will reduce the period of the ban by 20 weeks.

He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £115 in costs and charges.

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