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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Cumbrian man's lengthy ban for second drink drive offence

A Wigton man has been banned from driving for 40 months.

The strict sentence was imposed by Carlisle magistrates because it was the second time in 10 years that Thomas Wilson had been caught drink-driving.

The 50-year-old, of The Hawthorns, had been spotted driving a Ford Focus on the Red Dial road, near Wigton, at about 11.30pm on July 5.

Officers saw the car being driven slowly and followed it until Wilson parked outside his home. Police told the court Wilson was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol.

He failed a roadside breath test, and a subsequent test at the police station revealed he was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit, with 72mcg alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Wilson was banned for 16 months in 2004 for a drink-driving offence.

As well as imposing the lengthy ban, magistrates fined him £300 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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