Grantham Court: Mechanic banned from roads after drink driving

Grantham Magistrates Court

Grantham Magistrates Court

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A young vehicle repair technician has been banned from driving for 20 months after being more than twice over the alcohol limit.

Matthew Robert Key, 22, of North Parade, Grantham, pleaded guilty to drink driving after he pulled out in front of a police car in Barrowby Gate at 2am on October 12. Prosecuting, Paul Wood told Grantham magistrates that the police stopped Key’s Seat car and he gave a positive breath test.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said Key worked for Grantham Autocare, whose owners had provided references for him. Key had written a letter to the court expressing his regret at what had happened and his employers had said they were willing to keep him on.

Mr Macmillan told the court that Key had been out for a meal with friends that night and had had couple of pints while watching football on the TV. Then he had a couple of shots, unaware how alcoholic they were. After that, he drove the short distance to his girlfriend’s but while trying to find his new girlfriend’s address the police decided to stop him.

Mr Macmillan said: “He was genuinely shocked and appalled when he saw that he was a little over twice the limit to drive. He does need his licence for work but his employers are being reasonable.”

As well as being disqualified, Key was fined £320 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £32. The disqualification will be reduced by five months if Key successfully completes a drink drive rehabilitation course by November 2014.