Grantham court: Publican drove over drink limit

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A publican has pleaded guilty to drink driving after having a couple of pints with a friend after work.

George Sakkalli, aged 52, of High Street, Castle Bytham, admitted to driving with 93 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Sakkalli was pulled over by police on Casterton Road in Stamford on September 5.

The court heard how the defendant closed his pub at 11.15pm, at which point he was completely sober.

Then on his way home Sakkalli went to fill up with petrol, and while he was on the forecourt he was seen by an old friend.

The pair having not seen each other for a long time went to a pub opposite the petrol station and had a couple of pints of lager before it closed at about midnight.

Afterwards Sakkalli drove home dropping his friend off on the way, and it was then that he was pulled over by police officers.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said Sakkalli was ‘shocked’ to fail the roadside breath test and took the option of a blood test which showed that he was over the limit of 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Mr Macmillan said that Sakkalli was tired and had not eaten since lunchtime, but never drank alcohol at work and added: “He has always been very careful about his use of alcohol due to the business that he works in.”

Sakkalli who is a married father-of-one has held a pub licence for 35 years, the court was told.

Magistrates fined Sakkalli £600 as well as ordering him to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months, with the opportunity to reduce this by three months through completion of a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.