Grantham court: Drink driver almost caused a collision with police vehicle

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A drink driver swerved his Vauxhall Astra across a Grantham road, almost causing a collision with an oncoming police car.

Liam Stephen Mills, 27, of Manor Drive, Great Gonerby, pleaded guilty to drink driving on November 22 in Grantham.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace told the court that police were on patrol in London Road in the evening when they saw the Astra coming towards them with no lights on.

It veered across the road and the police had to take action to avoid a head-on collision. They stopped Mills in Bridge End Road and smelled alcohol on his breath.

Miss Stace said Mills could hardly speak and needed help to stand up. She said Mills had later said he deserved to be stopped and had admitted drinking alcohol before driving. A breath test gave a reading of 89 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Ruth Harrop, defending, said Mills had been seeking help in the last 12 months to stop his drinking which had come about after stressful circumstances. He had sought help from Addaction.

Miss Harrop said Mills had not had a drink for a year until the day he was stopped by police. She said Mills decided to have a drink to celebrate the fact he had not taken alcohol for a year.

The court heard Mills had wanted to go out and have a drink while socialising, but not get drunk.

She said: “It’s very unfortunate that he got in the car and drove. Not having had a drink in a year, he appeared drunk to the officers, but this is not reflected in the reading.”

Mills was disqualified for 20 months which will be reduced by 20 weeks if he completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course successfully.

He was also fined £200 with £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £20.