Wife reported drink-driving husband to police

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Police were told about a drink-driver by his wife, Grantham magistrates heard on Monday.

It was 3.12am on December 6 that police received the call from the wife of David Clarke, 38, who had left their home in High Street, Swayfield, following an argument.

Clarke was found by officers at his workplace in Inner Street, Grantham, and found to be more than twice over the legal drink-drive limit.

Officers smelled alcohol on his breath and carried out breathalyser tests. The equipment recorded 81 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35mg.

Julian Sheen, defending, told magistrates that the defendant had drunk at least six pints during the course of the day and had no intention of driving anywhere.

Clarke had been chatting with a friend at home until quite late and then went to bed where the argument with his wife began.

Clarke, who “is not a good sleeper at the best of times”, decided to drive the nine miles to his workplace.

Mr Sheen said his client was “mortified he has got into this situation”.

Magistrates disqualified Clarke from driving for 20 months, fined him £300 and told him to pay £85 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.