Grantham court: Drink-driver found in overturned car

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A motorist was arrested for drink driving after a police officer saw his car turned over on its side in a hedge in Grantham.

Jonathon Marsh, of Cook Close, South Shields, admitted drink driving on January 6.

Prosecutor Jim Clare said the officer saw Marsh’s Ford Focus on its side off Harlaxton Road roundabout in the early hours. He found Marsh in the car and helped to get him out. He smelled of alcohol and failed a roadside breath test.

Marsh was taken to Grantham Police Station where he gave a reading of 76 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Rob Arthur, defending, said Marsh worked in sales and the inevitable driving ban would have repercussions for other employees where he worked. Mr Arthur said Marsh’s actions would lead to at least four others at the firm being laid off.

Magistrates banned Marsh for 18 months, fined him £500 and ordered costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £50.