Grantham court: Three-year driving ban

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A man who was caught drink driving for the fourth time has been banned from driving for three years.

At an earlier hearing Daniel James Groves, 36, of Hornsby Road, Grantham, admitted drink driving on Springfield Road, Grantham, on February 13, and also driving without a licence before magistrates ordered a report.

Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson told the court on Monday that at 6.30pm officers were called to Springfield Road where there had been a two-vehicle collision. Groves had been driving home from Bourne when his car was in a collision with a Volvo. He admitted he had drunk some alcohol and was driving on an expired licence without L-plates and unsupervised.

The driver of the Volvo called the police. Groves was breathalysed and gave a reading of 96 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath at Grantham police station. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The court was told that Groves was convicted of drink driving in 2004 and on two occasions before that in the 1990s.

Defending, Jane Bauer said that in 1994 Groves was nearly killed when he was the victim of a robbery in Sheffield. He had since suffered from post traumatic distress syndrome and had received counselling.

Miss Bauer said Groves was “fully remorseful”. His vehicle had been scrapped and he had said he never intended to drive again.

Magistrates banned Groves from driving for three years for the drink driving offence, starting from March 3 when an interim ban was imposed.

They also gave Groves a nine-month community order including supervision, a drink-impaired driver’s programme and 60 hours of unpaid work. They ordered costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60. No separate penalty was made for driving without a licence.