Grantham court: Drink-driver had no lights on

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An 18-year-old was caught by police driving without the lights on with only a provisional licence while drunk.

Chris Carr of High Street, Grantham, pleaded guilty to driving with 86 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, driving without a licence and without insurance on December 15.

At 1.40am police saw a Ford Ka driving along Barrowby Road, Grantham, without headlights on.

The driver Carr was pulled over and failed a roadside breath test.

Stuart Wild, defending, told magistrates that this was Carr’s first conviction and that he co-operated fully with police.

He highlighted that Carr was stopped by police not because of the manner of his driving but because of not using his lights.

Carr had only a provisional driving licence and after finishing his shift at a local bar ‘foolishly’ decided to drive a short distance.

Wild said his client was ‘remorseful’, and hoped his offences did not affect his plans to join the army.

Carr was disqualified from driving for 21 months, with the chance to reduce this by 21 weeks if he completes and drink driving rehabilitation course.

He must also pay a £110 fine, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20, while his licence has been endorsed.