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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Off-licence staff raise alarm over Carlisle drink-driver

A man has been disqualified after admitting drink-driving in Carlisle.

Steven Davidson, 41, of St James’ Avenue, Denton Holme, will be unable to drive for 16 months after off-licence staff raised the alarm when they witnessed him pull away from their store, narrowly avoiding a crash with a bin on Denton Street.

Staff recalled how he came into the shop smelling of alcohol and bought more cans of beer before driving off.

Police later picked him up at his home where he was tested and found to be over the limit.

Speaking to District Judge Gerald Chalk at North Cumbria Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Davidson said he had been battling depression but it did not excuse what he had done.

He said: “Since the offence I have not driven. I’m sorry for committing the offence. I know I was wrong.”

Davidson was fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 in costs as well as a victim surcharge of £20. He was also offered a driving rehabilitation course.

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