Grantham court: Mechanic admits drink driving after taking friend home

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A car mechanic drove while over the drink drive limit when he was persuaded to take home a friend.

Shane James Forbes, 26, of Lamplight Square, Grantham, admitted drink driving in Gorse Rise on December 1 and driving without insurance.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace told the court that Forbes was seen driving a VW Polo along Stonebridge Road at 2.20am. He was followed as he accelerated and was eventually stopped in Gorse Rise where he gave a positive breath test. He told officers he had drunk a few pints of beer.

The test showed Forbes had 58 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35 microgrammes.

The owner of the vehicle was in the front passenger seat and it was discovered Forbes did not have insurance to drive the car.

Defending, Julian Sheen said there was no evidence of impaired driving or of Forbes’ driving being dangerous to other road users. He had walked into town and had a couple of pints. A friend had asked for a lift and he had agreed.

Mr Sheen told the magistrates: “He is working for a local firm. He is a car mechanic and takes cars out road testing as part of his job. He has worked there for three years. If you were minded to impose a 12 month disqualification it is going to have a real impact on my client and the firm.”

Magistrates disqualified Forbes from driving for 12 months for the drink driving offence and fined him £410 with costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £41. They made no separate penalty for the insurance offence.

Forbes agreed to take a drink driver rehabilitation course which will reduce his disqualification by three months if he completes it successfully.