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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Drink driver caught using mobile phone to lose his job, Carlisle court told

A drink driver who was caught after police spotted him using his mobile phone at the wheel will lose his job as a result of being banned from the road, a court heard.

Mark Jonathan Bean, 41, admitted driving while over the limit during a brief hearing at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court.

He was pulled over in his Volkswagen Polo by police at Eamont Bridge near Penrith at 4.40pm on April 17, said Diane Jackson, prosecuting.

A roadside breath test showed he had an alcohol reading of 53mgs per 100mls of breath. The legal limit for driving is 35mgs.

Addressing the court, Bean said he had had a couple of pints and felt medication he was on may have affected him at the time. He agreed to take a drink driver’s rehabilitation course to reduce the length of his ban.

Magistrates imposed a £110 fine, a £20 victims’ surcharge, and £85 court costs. He was banned from the road for 12 months, but will get a 13-week discount should he complete the rehabilitation course within a specified time limit.

Bean, of Keld, Penrith, told the court that he would definitely lose his job with the small family firm he was employed by because his role was mainly driving.

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