Grantham court: Recovering alcoholic caught drink driving after relapse

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A recovering alcoholic relapsed and was caught drink driving, Grantham magistrates heard.

Darren Goodey, 46, of Church Hill, Knipton, admitted drink driving in Grantham on March 9.

Prosceuting, Jim Clare said that on the evening of March 9 a member of the public called police to tell them that Goodey was drink driving. He was stopped and gave a positive roadside breath test.

At Grantham police station he gave a reading of 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Giles Tyas, defending, said Goodey has been apologetic and had written a letter for the magistrates to read.

Mr Tyas told the court that Goodey was a recovering alcoholic and who had relapsed. He had been “dry” for a year and had become complacent. Mr Tyas said Goodey had been receiving “hassle” from his ex-partner and was moving house. He did not want his new partner to see him have a drink so he went out for a drink and drove home.

Mr Tyas said Goodey was a shift manager for a recycling company.

He would probably be able to keep his job as he did not need to drive as part of his employment, but he did need to get to work from his village.

Magistrates diqualified Goodey from driving for 17 months and fined him £250. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge. Goodey accepted the offer of a drink driver’s rehabilitation course which will reduce his ban by four months if he completes it.