A 69-year-old widower who crashed his car into a lamppost at an A1 junction pleaded guilty to driving over the alcohol limit.
The court heard that Peter Wilson, of Main Street, Grantham, had no previous convictions and a clean driving licence before the offence on December 21.
Prosecutor Marie Stace related how at 3.30pm Wilson was driving his Ford Kuga back from The Reindeer Inn at Long Bennington, where he’d had two pints of bitter with his meal.
However when he got to the A1’s Toll Bar Road junction outside Marston, Wilson misjudged the turning and collided with a lamppost.
He remained there until police arrived, and gave positive breath tests both at the roadside and at the police station.
Defending, Jonathan Masters said that his client had taken a different route than he usually did due to a road being closed, was unfamiliar with the junction, and had said in his own words that he had ‘been a bloody fool’.
He also explained that Wilson’s wife had passed away two years ago, and gave magistrates character references for the pensioner from a friend of 40 years and a long-standing employee, that Mr Masters said ‘show that in his personal, professional and church life he is a man of substance’.
Mr Masters added that being in court was for Wilson ‘a position he is unaccustomed to being in’.
Wilson was disqualified from driving for 12 months, which he can reduce by three months by completing a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.
He must also pay a fine of £175, prosecution costs of £85, and a victim surcharge of £20.