Motorist was ‘steaming’ when stopped by police in Grantham

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A three-year driving ban was handed down to a 22-year-old man caught drink-driving for the second time.

James Roberts of Bridge End Road in Grantham was pulled over by police in New Beacon Road after he was spotted driving erratically.

Kate Hartley, prosecuting, told the court Roberts got out of the car after being pulled over and took a couple of steps towards the police car before turning tail and fleeing in the opposite direction. Roberts, 22, ran for approximately five seconds before giving himself up to the police.

Roberts blew 92mg in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Mrs Hartley told the court that when Roberts failed the test he told the police officers: “I thought I would, because I’m steaming.”

Giles Tyas, defending, said Roberts had been drinking beer and shots at a friend’s house before getting behind the wheel.

He had not intended to drive but when a taxi driver refused to pick up his friend as he was too drunk, Roberts offered a
 lift.

Mr Tyas said: “He accepts he was very foolish but said: ‘I will take you as it’s not very far’.”

He added that Roberts has a record he is “very embarrassed about” but he has turned his life around in recent years.

Mr Tyas said that Roberts, “has been spoken to severely by his father” as a result of the incident.

Roberts was banned from driving for three years after admitting drink-driving. He was also sentenced to a 12-month supervision order with a requirement he attends a drink-impaired drivers course.

In addition to that, he must also pay costs of £85 and a £60 surcharge.