Grantham court: Teenager drove over limit after celebrating friend’s birthday

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An 18-year-old appeared in court charged with drink driving after attending a friend’s birthday party.

Samuel Barker of High Street, Little Bytham pleaded guilty to driving with 47 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson outlined how shortly before 4am on June 6 police noticed a Volkswagen Polo driving eratically on Main Road in Tallington.

The car was driving at 50mph in a 60 zone, and then dropped to 15mph in a 30, so the police indicated for it to stop.

Barker fully co-operated with the officers, and after recording a breathlyser reading over the legal limit he was taken to the police station.

Representing himself in court, Barker said: “It was my friend’s birthday and we had a couple of drinks.

“That was two hours earlier and I had been drinking water to try and sober up.

“I didn’t think I was drunk, but I now know I was in excess. I would like to apologise.”

Barker also added that he was planning to join the RAF in a couple weeks, and hoped he would still be able to do so.

Magistrates said they hoped Barker had learnt his lesson and disqualified him from driving for 12 months with the opportunity to reduce this by three months through the completion of a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.

Barker was also fined £110 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £50 and a victim surcharge of £20.