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Monday, 30 March 2015

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Fourth-time drink-driver spared jail by Carlisle court

A man has narrowly avoided prison after appearing in court for his fourth drink-driving offence.

Sean Melvin Spark, 46, of Assembly Square, Wigton had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his breath when tested.

It turned out that Spark was also driving while banned – for the third time – in Abbeytown.

Magistrates in Carlisle told Spark he was “lucky not to be going to prison” because of his previous convictions after he pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to stop for a police officer and drink-driving.

North Cumbria magistrates were told how on Sunday July 14, officers on patrol in the Silloth area noticed a black Saab 93 being driving in an erratic manner at speed. They followed him and he stopped in Abbeytown

Pam Ward, prosecuting, told the court that a breath test showed spark had 82 mcgms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

He was banned from driving for four years and given a community supervision order for one year.

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