Grantham court: Police followed drink driver after car hit roadside verge

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Police caught a drink driver after seeing his car hit a roadside verge and cross over to the other side of the road.

Michael Lee Pullum, 29, of Donington Road, Horbling, admitted drink driving on February 15.

Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson told the court that police saw Pullum’s Rover car at 3am in Bourne try an “ill-advised” U-turn. They followed him on to the A15 and then the B1177. Pullum’s car hit the verge and overcorrected to go across the road. They stopped the car at Dunsby.

Officers noticed Pullum’s breath smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot, his speech slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. He gave a breath test reading of 75 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath at Grantham police station. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Defending, Jane Bauer said: “He did not believe his driving to be erratic and does not recall clipping the kerbside.”

Mrs Bauer said Pullum was out with friends for a meal and a drink that night. They had been to a nightclub until the early hours when he felt all right to drive. He was driving three friends home when he was stopped.

The court was told Pullum had split from his partner and had gone to live with his parents. He was hoping to move into rented accommodation, but a conviction might stop that. Mrs Bauer said Pullum worked for Lincs Gound Force and a driving ban would also impinge on that as well as access to his children.

Magistrates disqualified Pullum from driving for 20 months. This will be reduced by five months if Pullum completes a driver rehabilitation course. He was also fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.