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Stretton booze binger could lose job

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

A 50-YEAR-OLD man may have to sack his three employees after a possible driving ban will see him lose his business.

Paul Hirst, of Regency Way, Stretton, decided to celebrate getting paid by going on a 10-hour bender before being found drunk in his car which was parked dangerously on the A38.

Hirst appeared at Burton Magistrates' Court on Thursday to admit being in charge of a Mitsubishi Charisma on July 24 while more than twice the drink-drive limit.

Sarah Smith, prosecuting, said: "The defendant had gone to the pub and had two pints of lager and continued to drink. He could not recall what happened next.

"Police officers received a report at 11.30pm of a car parked dangerously on the A38.

"In it they found a man who was slurring his words.

"The engine was still running and the keys were in the ignition."

A breath test revealed Hirst had 104 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Helen Bennett, defending, said Hirst had received a paypacket from his gardening job that same day which was the first time he had been out of debt in 12 months, but he was ashamed of his actions.

She said: "He runs his own gardening business and had recently been paid for a job. It was the first time in 12 months that he had been out of debt having been able to paid off his overdraft.

"He went to The Sump pub to celebrate. Then later he gave his car keys to a colleague who drove them to another pub.

"He said he has not drank since that date because he is ashamed of his actions.

"He says he is on the poverty line. He does run his own gardening business and realises he will lose that business with a driving ban.

"That business employs three people who will lose their jobs.

"He accepts his actions will have caused that. He is a responsible man."

The court also heard Hirst has a disabled partner who relies on him for transportation to and from appointments.

Mrs Bennett added: "(A driving ban) will be hardship for both my client and his partner."

The magistrates decided to adjourn the case for a pre-sentence report to be made before they sentenced Hirst, which would include a possible driving ban.

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