‘Foolish’ learner driver drove drunk

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A LEARNER driver has got off on the wrong foot by driving while more than twice over the legal drink-drive limit.

Provisional licence holder Ashley Leonard, of Great North Road, Great Ponton, admitted drink-driving, using a vehicle with no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence.

Grantham Magistrates’ Court heard how Leonard, 23, was stopped by police in Colsterworth on February 4, with concerns over his driving.

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said: “Officers smelt intoxication on his breath and his eyes were red and watery.”

Leonard’s breath test was positive and he was arrested.

Judith Armstrong, mitigating, said: “He had only driven a short distance which made it even more foolish in his submission, because he could have walked.”

She added: “He made a stupid mistake and he asks you to take that into account.”

Leonard, a forklift driver who lives with his mother, was fined £100 for drink-driving, disqualified from driving for 20 months and told to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He was also fined £80 for driving with no insurance and handed six penalty points.

Magistrate John Pegg told him: “It was a very dangerous thing you embarked on.”