Grantham court: Journey to pick up friend ends in court

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A teenager who thought he was safe to drive after drinking in town gave police a positive breath test in the early hours of the morning.

Sam Sheridan, 19, of Minerva Close, Ancaster, admitted drink driving on March 14.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka said that police spoke to Sheridan at 2.40am when they saw his stationary car in Stonebridge Road, Grantham. They thought it was an unusual place to be parked and Sheridan was slurring his words when he spoke to them. At first he said he had not been drinking, but after failing a roadside breath test he said he had had a glass of beer four hours before.

At the police station, Sheridan gave a positive breath test, which read 56 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes. He told police he had been into town and then had got a taxi to a friend’s house. Then for reasons unknown he had got back into his car to go and pick up another friend from town and thought he would be safe to drive.

Rory Macmillan, defending, told the court Sheridan had stayed in town until 11.30pm and then they took a taxi back to the friend’s house where he planned to stay the night. He did not have another drink while he was there.

At 2.30am he got in his car to go and pick up another friend. His last drink had been at 11.30pm and he felt fine to drive, but he had had nothing to eat since lunchtime.

Mr Macmillan told the court that Sheridan was going to live in the Lake District where he had got a job as a chef in a hotel.

Magistrates disqualified Sheridan from driving for 12 months and fined him £250. costs and a £25 victim surcharge. His disqualification will be cut by three months if he successfully completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.