Driving ban for teen who drove while drunk

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FIVE charges were admitted in court by a teenager, including one of possessing a Class B drug.

Magistrates sitting in Grantham heard how Luke Garner, of Tanners Lane, Corby Glen, was arrested in Grantham on February 19.

The 19-year-old was stopped by a police officer in Brook Street, Grantham, at about 1.25am that morning after Garner’s driving aroused suspicion.

Jill Derby, prosecuting, said: “The officer pulled alongside him and wound down his window. He asked if the car was his and the driver replied, ‘of course it is’.

“The officer asked if the driver was insured for that vehicle and he said, ‘I’m not going to lie, I’m not insured’.”

The police officer went on to ask Garner if he had been drinking, to which he replied ‘I’ve been drinking all night, I’m drunk now”.

The court heard how Garner grabbed the officer’s jumper and pulled the two of them towards the patrol car. The struggling officer called for back-up as a tussle ensued. Garner was taken to the ground.

During a body search, a quantity of cannabis was discovered stuffed down his sock. A breathalyser test later registered a reading of 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Garner admitted drink driving, driving without insurance, resisting arrest, possessing cannabis and taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Judith Armstrong, defending, told magistrates her client has no previous convictions, and was “genuinely remorseful for what he has done”.

She added: “He said in interview he had been an idiot and made a foolish mistake.”

Garner was disqualified from driving for 18 months, handed a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £85 costs.