Saturday, 29 August 2015

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Motorist banned after driving from pub yards from home

A 71-year-old man has been banned from the roads after driving from a pub just yards from his house.

Alvin Williams Briggs visited the Beehive Inn in Eamont Bridge, near Penrith, after going shopping with his wife in town.

He had only intended to have one pint in the pub - which was 300 yards from his home, Carlisle magistrates court heard, but was bought a second by a friend.

After he left at 2pm he was stopped by police on Skirsgill Lane and failed a breathalyser test.

He was arrested and taken to the police station in Carlisle where he was found to have a blood sample reading of 116 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres, up on the 80mg limit.

Briggs, of Skirsgill Lane, pleaded guilty to the drink-driving offence and the court heard how both he and his wife were in poor health and relied on the car to go shopping and to medical appointments.

His wife could not walk very far, the court heard, and Briggs had never had an accident in 50 years of driving, his lawyer Steven Marsh said.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £110, ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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