Grantham court: Drive banned for his ‘silly mistake’

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A “silly mistake” led to a 22-year-old driver losing his licence after being stopped by police.

Matthew James Spowage, of Main Road, Boughton, Newark, admitted drink driving in Grantham on December 20.

Prosecutor Paul Wood said Spowage was seen by police driving a Ford Focus at the A607 junction with Belton Lane with a defective headlamp. The officers stopped his car and asked him if he had been drinking. He said he had had a pint and he gave a positive roadside breath test. Test at the police station showed Spowage to have 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Defending, Giles Tyas said a driving ban would be difficult for Spowage because, as part of his job for a blinds firm, he went out to clients to do measuring. He said the incident happened just before Christmas and Spowage was in Grantham with his girlfriend. He had drunk a few pints and he hoped he was under the limit.

Mr Wood said: “He made a silly mistake to drive and he will pay for that quite heavily.”

Magistrates disqualified Spowage from driving for 14 months, fined him £160 and ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. He will be able to reduce the ban by three months if he successfully completes a drink drivers’ rehabilitation course.