Grantham court: Driver in Halloween fancy dress was nearly twice over drink drive limit

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A Halloween party-goer was driving in fancy dress when he was stopped by police and found to be nearly twice over the drink-drive limit.

Damian Numan, 27, of Becketts Close, Grantham, pleaded guilty to drink driving. In a breath test he gave a reading of 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Prosecuting, Tracey Ross told the court that Numan was stopped in his VW Scirrocco by police on Sunday, November 3, and gave them a positive breath test. Miss Ross said Numan had told police he had just been “involved in a domestic” with his partner. Officers noticed his breath smelled heavily of alcohol.

Giles Tyas, defending, said Numan had been to a Halloween party that night. His partner had wanted to get back into their house and needed the keys.

Mr Tyas said: “He was in fancy dress and had no shoes on and took the decision to quickly drive back to give his partner the keys to get into the property. He was kept in a cell overnight which he found very upsetting. He is genuinely remorseful for what happened. He was stupid to take the decision and it will cost him severely.”

The court heard Numan worked for Totemic in Grantham and regularly drove to other sites as part of his job. Mr Tyas said losing his licence would make his job much more difficult but Numan did not expect to lose his job. Numan also had a young son who lived in Birmingham and who he often brought back to his Grantham home in the car at weekends.

The magistrates fined Numan £475 and ordered costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £47. He was disqualified from driving for 18 months, which will be reduced by four months if he successfully completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.