Grantham court: Bricklayer drank and drove

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A self-employed bricklayer from Billingborough admitted to driving while drunk through the centre of Bourne.

Michael Tite, 57, of Allen Close, Billingborough appeared before Grantham magistrates and pleaded guilty to driving while over the alcohol limit.

The court heard how a Renault Clio was seen by police leaving the Burghley Centre car park in Bourne and then coming to a halt after it overshot a give way junction. After again seeing it being driven erratically at traffic lights, police pulled the car over which contained Tite in the driver’s seat and two female passengers, all of whom were ‘clearly in drink’. Tite failed the road-side breath test and was taken to the police station where he blew a reading of 65 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.

Simon Cobb, defending, said Tite who had no previous convictions. He added that the group could have actually walked the distance home, and that the inevitable loss of his licence would have a long-term impact on Tite’s ability to do his job.

Tite was sentenced to an 18 months driving ban, and received a £400 fine, £40 victim surcharge, £85 costs, and £150 criminal court charge.