A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been banned from driving for three years after he was caught over the legal limit for the second time.
Michael Barclay, of Sydney Street, Burton, was given the minimum sentence for his second drink-driving offence in 10 years when he admitted the charge at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
A roadside breath test revealed Barclay had 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
He has avoided losing his job after his employer decided to hire a driver for him.
Andrew Bodger, prosecuting, said: “It was 2.30am on November 17 when police were on patrol in Hawkins Lane, approaching the junction to Horninglow Road. The lights changed to green and they pulled out going towards the police station, but then saw a Ford Transit van in Horninglow Road.
“They saw the van approach and drive through a red light. They followed him and he was stopped.”
Barclay was given a roadside breath test and was arrested.
The court heard that on June 19, 2007, the defendant was banned for 16 months for drink-driving.
Robin Skinner, defending, said: “There is little I can say here to help my client because he has something of a record.
“He became self-employed, fitting solar panels for a company and works seven days a week.
“He is so well thought of by his employer that they said they will keep him on and employ a driver for him.
“But if in the next three years they cannot afford the driver he could lose his job.”
Mr Skinner said Barclay had been working on the day in question and was driving back to Burton, arriving at 11pm and went to have a drink in a pub.
“He had about two or three pints rapidly before the pub shut, and now very much regrets what has happened.”
As well as the three-year ban, he was fined £260 fine and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £26 victim surcharge.