Grantham court: ‘Disastrous’ day for driver over the limit

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A motorist who drives for a living will lose his job after being arrested for drink driving.

Raymond Albert James Thomas, 63, of Fifth Avenue, Grantham, pleaded guilty to the offence which took place on March 29 in the town.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka told the court that Thomas was seen driving a wide arc around the roundabout at the junction between New Beacon Road and Harrowby Lane and weaving across the middle of the road. He failed a roadside breath test and at the police station gave a reading of 67 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Defending, Chris Pye-Smith said Thomas had no previous convictions. He said: “It’s going to be a disastrous day for him.” He said Thomas would lose his employment as a driver. Difficult personal circumstances had led him to make a serious, but isolated, misjudgment, the court was told.

Mr Pye-Smith added: “He is extremely disappointed because he does not expect he will be able to keep his employment after this. His weekly income will be very seriously hit.”

Magistrates disqualified Thomas from driving for 18 months. He was fined £570 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £57. His ban will be cut by four months if he successfully completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.