Grantham court: Drink driver took friend home

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A 25-year-old Grantham driver decided to take his friend home instead of calling a taxi after drinking on New Year’s Eve.

Samuel Joseph Hadlow, 25, of Barrowby Road, Grantham, admitted drink driving on January 1 while driving his Vauxhall Corsa on North Parade.

Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson told Grantham magistrates that police saw Hadlow’s car at 4.20am that morning and noticed the rear off-side light was not working. They followed the car to North Parade where it stopped.

Hadlow smelled of alcohol and he failed a roadside breath test.

Mrs Wilson said Hadlow was cooperative with police and gave a breath test reading of 58 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath at the police station. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Defending, Jane Bauer told the court that Hadlow spent New Year’s Eve at home with family and friends. In the early hours a friend was unable to find a taxi and Hadlow took the decision to drive him home. Mrs Bauer said Hadlow had not drunk any alcohol for several hours and thought he would be all right to drive. She said he was of previous good character.

The magistrates disqualified Hadlow from driving for 12 months.

He was fined £230 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £23. He can reduce the ban by three months if he successfully completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.