Drink-driver banned after being caught over the limit in Grantham

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A couple of glasses of wine sent a motorist over the drink-drive limit and landed him in the magistrates’ court on Monday.

Craig Price, of Hudson Way in Grantham, admitted driving while over the alcohol limit on October 20. He was stopped by police who saw him driving a Ford Focus “at some speed” along Commercial Road.

While speaking to Price they smelled alcohol on his breath. A breath test read 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35mg.

Rory Macmillan, defending, told the court that Price understands a driving ban will be handed down, which would impact heavily on his life. The court was told Price would lose his job as a bricklayer and steel worker, and would be claiming benefits as a result. Mr Macmillan also said Price would have difficulty in gaining access to his children who live in Nottinghamshire.

Mr Macmillan added: “There are really severe consequences of a disqualification.”

The court heard how Price had drunk only a couple of glasses of wine with a friend and felt “OK” to drive the couple of miles back to his home.

Mr Macmillan said: “He is devastated at the consequences and very sorry the offence has been committed.”

Magistrates were asked to impose the minimum driving ban term for a drink-drive re-offender and to base any fine they might give as though Price were on benefits. Magistrates did just that and fined Price, 26, £110 plus £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. He was disqualified from driving for three years and offered a drink-drive rehabilitation course.