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Sunday, 28 December 2014

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Exemplary soldier from Carlisle given driving ban

A serving soldier from Carlisle has admitted being twice the drink drive limit.

Eighteen-year-old Samuel Neil Bell, who serves in the Royal Engineers and was described as an exemplary young soldier, was stopped by police in the early hours of April 13 after his car had no lights.

Carlisle magistrates’ court heard how Bell, of Harraby Grove, was driving a Vauxhall Corsa along Boundary Road and onto London Road when he was stopped.

He failed a roadside breath test and was taken to Durranhill police station.

Bell gave two more tests at the station, with the lower one showing 76mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, over the twice the legal limit of 35.

His commanding officer, Peter Ludlow, told the court, via a letter, that he was “an exemplary young soldier with a good future ahead”.

Bell admitted it had been “an act of stupidity on his part and completely out of character”.

He was banned from driving for 20 months, given a £300 court fine plus £85 court costs, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and offered a rehabilitation course which would reduce his ban by 20 weeks.

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