Grantham court: Drink driver to lose his job

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A drink driver would lose his job as soon as he was convicted, Grantham magistrates were told.

Raymond John Kettle, who said he lived on a boat in Lincoln, but who gave a ‘care of’ address as Victoria Street, Grantham, admitted drink driving on March 20.

He denied a charge of driving without insurance and this was withdrawn.

Prosecuting, Tracey Ross told the court that Kettle was seen driving his Nissan Micra on Victoria Street and was stopped by police at about 2.10am. He gave a positive breath test and was arrested. At the police station a further breath test gave a reading of 69 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrgrammes of alcohol.

Defending, Rob Arthur said there had been no issue with Kettle’s driving. He accepted he had had some alcohol in town. The police had pulled up behind him and he had given a positive breath test.

Mr Arthur said Kettle lived on a boat in Lincoln and worked in Spalding and would be unemployed as from that day without any transport to get him to work. He also said Kettle paid a mortgage on his boat and if he could not keep up the payments he could be homeless as well.

Magistrates disqualified Kettle from driving for 17 months and fined him £110. he was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Kettle was offered the drink driver’s rehabilitation course which, if completed, will reduce his ban by four months.