Long Sutton man narrowly avoids driving ban after positive breath test
A Long Sutton man was told he was 'fortunate' the police had charged him with being ' in charge' of his van rather than driving it, after he gave a breath sample of 84 micrograms of alcohol, more than twice the legal limit of 35.
Andrew Taylor, 53, of Gedney Road, who admitted the offence yesterday (Wednesday), was said to have been found sitting in his Renault van at Asperton Road in Swineshead on December 1 and was arrested following a positive breath test.
Michael Alexander, mitigating, said Taylor recognised he had a drink problem and hoped this would be a 'wake-up call' for him.
He said Taylor had contacted a number of agencies and was now attending regular AA meetings and had stopped drinking.
Mr Alexander said Taylor's GP had told him his liver was 'touch and go' but now he had given up alcohol, 'his health was better, his relationship was better and his work was better'.
Asking District Judge Peter Veits, sitting at Boston Magistrates Court, not to ban him from driving, he said it would seriously affect his work as a self employed bricklayer.
Judge Veits told Taylor, who has no previous convictions, he was 'fortunate' he had been charged by the police with being 'in charge rather than driving', which carried a mandatory driving ban.
He fined Taylor £600 and ordered him to pay a total of £145 in court costs and charges.
Ten penalty points were placed on his licence and he was warned that 12 penalty points carry a mandatory six month driving ban.