Grantham court: Three times over limit after drink at car boot

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A Grantham man pleaded guilty to driving above the alcohol limit after drinking whisky while at a car boot sale.

Paul Fendley, aged 65, of Crossgill Close, appeared before magistrates charged with driving a Citreon C5 on Harrowby Road with 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - more than three times over the legal limit.

Prosecutor Paul Wood told the court that Fendley was involved in a minor road accident at about 1pm on August 24, and because the other driver could smell alcohol on the defendant the police were called and the breathalyser test taken.

The high reading resulted in Fendley being taken to the police station where he said during interview that he had been at a car boot sale and because business was slow he had started drinking some whisky he had with him.

Defending himself in court, Fendley said that he had bought a half bottle of whisky on the way to the car boot sale intending to drink it afterwards, but because it was quiet and a hot day he had ended up drinking half of it.

Fendley was sentenced to a community order of 18 months with a supervision requirement, and was disqualified from driving for 24 months with the opportunity to reduce it by six months if he completes a drink driving rehabilitation course.

He must also pay prosecutions costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £60 and a penalty of £50.