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Castle Gresley man handed driving ban after police officer stop

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

  • Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court

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A DRIVER who downed lager and lemonade the day after a drink-fuelled night on the town was caught at the wheel while almost twice the legal alcohol limit.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court heard Shane Macdonald was pulled over by police after he had drunk lager with lemonade – having been drinking the night before.

The combination left Macdonald with 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when police stopped him in Church Gresley on July 7, during a routine roadside check. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

He admitted a charge of drink-driving and a 16-month driving ban, a £110 fine, £85 prosecution costs and a £20 Government surcharge were imposed on the 28-year-old, of Station Street, Castle Gresley.

Andrew Oldroyd, defending at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court, said his client had learned the 'harshest of lessons'.

He said: "He has learned the harshest of lessons.

"He had two pints of lager with lemonade and a substantial amount the night before.

"That topped it up."

The incident had a 'devastating effect' on Macdonald, who had lost his job.

But he had 'a good work ethic' and hoped to get a job soon, added Mr Oldroyd.

District judge Morris Cooper said he had taken note of the lost job when issuing the penalty.

Ian Shaw, prosecuting, said police stopped the car and smelled alcohol when they were speaking to Macdonald.

"He posed no difficulty for the police and was co-operative throughout," said Mr Shaw.

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