Grantham court: Two year driving ban for 10-pint motorist

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A driver who downed more than 10 pints before getting behind the wheel of his car admitted drink-driving.

Daniel Walsh of Trent Road in Grantham was seen behind the wheel by police officers responding to another incident.

When they left the incident they spotted Walsh on foot and spoke to him, quickly realising he was drunk. He was given a breath test and was found to be more than twice over the drink-drive limit.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said: “In interview he said he and his girlfriend had been out for the evening and he had drunk about 10 pints of lager before going home where he continued to drink with friends.

“He then got into an argument which resulted in him leaving the address and taking his Saab.

“He said he was stupid and should not have done that. He just wanted to move the car because the last time he argued with his girlfriend she had damaged it.”

Rob Arthur, defending, said Walsh had only moved the car a couple of hundred yards to prevent it from being damaged.

Mr Arthur told the court: “He said it was a stupid thing to do but, from his experience, he didn’t want it to be damaged.”

Walsh, 30, a self-employed bricklayer, was disqualified from driving for 23 months. He must pay costs of £85 and a £25 surcharge.