Grantham court: Motorist banned for three years

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A self-employed man who drove while more than three times over the drink-drive limit has been banned from the roads for three years.

Ian Welbourne Jackson-Winch, 43, of Swinegate, Grantham, admitted drink driving on April 4.

Prosecuting, Nick Todd said police officers had seen Jackson-Winch sitting in his stationary Vauxhall Combo van and when he drove off they followed him. Mr Todd said they stopped him in Swinegate and “he gave every appearance of being drunk”. A breath test revealed 121 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Defending, Chris Pye-Smith said Jackson-Winch had been driving for 25 years and had no previous offences against him although drink had become an issue for him.

Mr Pye-Smith said the loss of his licence would be significant because he was self-employed in the property maintenance business and it would be difficult to continued that work without a vehicle.

As well as the three-year ban, magistrates handed Jackson-Winch a 12-month community order which included six months of alcohol treatment.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.