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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Cumbrian drink-driver caught twice in two days

A man was caught drink-driving TWICE in the space of two days.

Gary Joseph Ackerley, 42, was nearly FOUR times the legal limit the first time he was spotted breaking the law behind the wheel.

And his reading was only slightly lower the second time he was caught – only hours after being released from custody.

Ackerley, of Eaglesfield Street, Maryport, was jailed for 126 days after appearing at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in connection with the two offences.

The first happened on August 16 when Ackerley drove a Peugeot Partner van on Church Terrace, Maryport. A reading showed he had 135 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.

The day after, Ackerley was spotted drink-driving the van again, this time on Eaglesfield Street.

A breath test showed he had 123 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Ackerley pleaded guilty to two charges of drink-driving. He was banned from the road for four years and given a 56-day prison sentence for the first offence and a 70-day jail term for the second.

Inspector Philip Davidson, of the roads policing unit, said: “A person under the influence of alcohol cannot control a vehicle responsibly and safely.”

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