Grantham court: 63-year-old drove to charge up battery after drinking

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A 63-year-old was caught drink-driving without a licence when he decided to take his long un-used car for a drive to charge up the battery.

John Phillipps, of Bolsover Road, Grantham, pleaded guilty to committing the two driving offences on May 21.

Police had been made aware that Phillipps was driving illegally, and at 9.02pm he was caught in his Subaru Outback as he turned on to Kedleston Road in Grantham.

After failing the roadside breath test Phillipps was taken to the police station where he blew a reading of 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Prosecutor Marie Stace said police also identified that Phillipps’ full driving licence had been revoked by the DVLA back in 2009.

However Simon Cobb, defending, said that his client had been refused a new licence when it was due for renewal in October last year.

He told the court that the defendant had been through difficult times recently with the end of his 20-year marriage and debt problems.

On the day in question, Phillipps decided to try and start his car up, but on finding that the battery was flat because he hadn’t used it for such a long time, he had to rely on a 
neighbour to jump-start the vehicle.

Phillipps was disqualified from driving for 20 months, with the opportunity to reduce this by five months by completing a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.

He must also pay a £110 fine, £85 prosecution costs, a £20 victim surcharge and £150 criminal court charge.