Grantham bricklayer caught drink driving on way home from takeaway

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A self-employed bricklayer was caught drink driving in his van on his way home from a takeaway.

Dale Anthony Foster, 32, of Coles Way, Grantham, admitted drink driving on May 29 in Castlegate, Grantham.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka said it was 11pm when Foster’s Ford Transit van was stopped by police. He said Foster had been drinking beforehand and had consumed about half a can of beer. He failed a roadside breath test and was taken to Grantham Police Station where another test gave a reading of 58 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol.

Julian Sheen, defending, said Foster had a young family with two children, one of whom was only six months old.

Mr Sheen said the incident came about because they wanted something to eat. The local takeaway said it was closing soon so Foster made the decision to drive around to collect the food. He was stopped by officers on his way home.

Mr Sheen said: “He accepts he had more than a bit more than half a can and has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

“He is a self-employed bricklayer and has a good business, employing three other people. Most of the work he does is in Nottinghamshire.”

Mr Sheen said Foster understood he would lose his licence as a result of the offence. He said his client could employ another driver but they would have to be over 25 years old and his three employees were under that age.

“This would be a significant dent on his income,” said Mr Sheen.

Magistrates disqualified Foster from driving for 14 months. That ban will be reduced by 14 weeks if Foster completes a drink drivers rehabilitation course.

Foster was also fined £500 and ordered to pay a £50 victim surcharge and £85 costs.