Grantham court: Drink driver caught after friend’s birthday

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A Grimsby father pleaded guilty to driving over the alcohol limit after meeting up with friends in Grantham.

Shane Harrison, 36, of Macaulay Street, Grimsby, admitted to driving with 64 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said that at about 3am on April 5, police were alerted to a Ford Focus on Cecil Street. They pulled over the car and Harrison failed a roadside breath test.

Defending Harrison, Simon Cobb explained that his client previously lived in Grantham and still had friends and family in the town.

On the night in question he had returned for a friend’s 40th birthday and intended to get a taxi from his hotel out to the town centre.

After arriving at the hotel late he instead decided to drive, and it was at the end of the night when he drove again to move his car that he was pulled over by police.

Mr Cobb added that although without a driving licence Harrison would not lose his job installing broadband in rural areas, it would limit his ability to carry out the work and affect his pay, as well as making it more difficult to see his daughter.

Harrison was disqualified from driving for 18 months, with the opportunity to reduce this by 18 weeks if he completes a drink driver rehabilitation course.

He must also pay a £300 fine, £85 costs, and a £30 victim surcharge.