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Friday, 28 August 2015

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Cumbrian drink-driver had only had 'couple of pints'

A warning has been issued to summer revellers after a man was disqualified from driving – despite drinking just “a couple of pints”.

Rory George Amos, 25, of Newby East, Wetheral, appeared before Carlisle magistrates on Friday charged with drink-driving.

The mechanic had been driving along Kingstown Road, Carlisle, at about 7pm on Friday, August 8 when he was stopped by police.

Officers told the court that the driver smelled strongly of alcohol and subsequently failed a roadside breath test.

A further sample taken at Carlisle police station revealed Amos had 53mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

John Cooper, defending, told magistrates: “It still seems to be a common belief that if you drink only two pints you will be okay.”

He went on to say that the sooner people know and realise this is not the case, the better.

The court heard that Amos had only had a couple of pints and was upset and disgusted with himself.

A number of character references were handed into the court from his employer and friends.

Magistrates disqualified Amos from driving for 15 months, fined him £350 and ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a £35 victim surcharge.

He was also offered the drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course. If passed successfully, this would reduce his ban by 15 weeks.


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