Gosberton Clough man admits drink driving after hitting parked car
A RETIRED farmer, who admitted driving whilst over the alcohol limit, told magistrate he is 'effectively alcohol dependent' and had referred himself to an alcohol treatment service.
Richard Mowbray (71), of Gosberton Clough, Spalding, admitted driving his Land Rover Discovery with 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he appeared at Boston Magistrates' Court.
The court heard he was breathalysed by police in High Street, Gosberton after colliding with a parked car on the afternoon of August 8.
Mitigating, Phil Cookson said Mowbray accepted that what he had done on that day had been wrong.
He said he had been feeling 'useless' since his retirement and had been 'self medicating with alcohol'.
"Effectively he is alcohol dependent," said Mr Cookson, adding that Mowbray had referred himself to Addaction.
He added that as there was no public transport where he lived, the impact of disqualification from driving would have a significant effect on him.
The magistrates banned him from driving for 17 months, but offered the drink drivers' rehabilitation course which will reduce the period of the ban by 17 weeks.
He was also fined £460 and ordered to pay £131 in costs and charges.