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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Cumbrian man in charge of learner driver over limit

A young man has been banned from driving for being in charge of a learner driver while over the drink drive limit himself.

Daniel Colin Barwick, 20, has also admitted allowing a vehicle to be used by someone without proper insurance cover.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard that he was arrested after police stopped a Volkswagen Fox car in Boroughgate, Appleby, at about 10.55pm on February 4. The car had earlier been spotted being driven erratically, prosecutor Adrienne Harris said.

The driver was a woman with Barwick, of Bridge Street, Brough, Kirkby Stephen, the front-seat passenger.

The court was told that the woman was only a provisional licence holder so she was driving illegally.

Keith Thomas, for Barwick, told magistrates that his client had been on a night out and had been drinking, so asked the woman to drive him home because he knew he would be over the limit.

When breathalysed, he was found to have 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Mitigating, Mr Thomas said that if his client was banned from driving for a long time this would cause him hardship because of his work as assistant manager of the Black Swan Hotel in Ravenstondale.

There is no public transport from where he lives to the hotel, he work shifts with early starts and late night finishing. A lengthy ban could put his job at rise, Mr Thomas said.

Magistrates imposed a discretionary driving disqualification of 60 days for the drink-related offence with a fine of £250, court costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £25. There was no separate penalty for the insurance offence, but his licence will be endorsed.

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