Grantham court: Motorist caught drink driving for the fourth time after crash

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A man was caught drink-driving for the fourth time when his BMW was in collision with another car in Grantham.

Daniel James Groves, 36, of Hornsby Road, Grantham, admitted drink driving in Springfield Road on February 13, and driving a car without a licence on the same date.

Prosecutor Tracey Ross told Grantham magistrates that Groves was driving his BMW at 6.30pm when it collided with a Volvo. There were no injuries. The driver of the Volvo called the police and Groves failed a breath test. He gave a reading of 96 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Miss Ross said Groves had been driving on a provisional licence. He had been driving without L plates and he had not realised that his licence had expired.

Groves was convicted of drink driving in 1996 and 1997 and again in 2004.

Groves, who was not represented, told the court: “I admit to everything. I was nearly killed in 2004 in Sheffield and I suffer PTSD and still have flashbacks. I admit I had a bit of a drinking problem and if I am with the wrong crowd I drink too much.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until March 10 for a probation report. They gave Groves an interim driving ban to last six months or until he is sentenced. He was granted unconditional bail.