Driver was three times over the limit

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A DRINK-DRIVER was stopped by police and found to be more than three times over the legal alcohol limit.

Benjamin Hindmarch, of Launder Terrace, Grantham, was stopped by police at 3.40pm on September 3 as he drove along Harlaxton Road in Grantham.

Hindmarch was found to have 129 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Stuart Wilde, defending Hindmarch, described the reading as “exceptionally high” and told the court Hindmarch is a “chronic alcoholic”.

District Judge John Stobart told Hindmarch the courts take such offences very seriously.

He said: “This amount of alcohol in somebody that is driving would normally lead to some form of custody.”

Hindmarch was given a 90-day prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

He was also given a 12-month supervision requirement and banned from driving for three years.

He must also to pay court costs of £85.