Grantham court: Drunk man drove after taxi ride

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An unemployed man who was in line to get a driving job, has been disqualified for drink driving for 16 months.

The court heard how at 4.10am on March 22, defendant Bracko Oppong, 28, of Goodliff Road, Grantham was seen getting out a taxi with a woman before getting into a silver Ford Focus.

Police were notified that Oppong had been drinking in the town centre, and followed the Ford Focus. The defendant pulled over and officers could smell alcohol on his breath. Oppong failed the roadside test, and back at the police station gave a reading of 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Lisa Elkington, defending, said Oppong had gone out at about 11pm, and was ‘not thinking straight’ after finding out that his grandmother was gravely ill, who did later pass away.

After having some drinks in town Oppong did leave in a taxi, but he took this to where his car was parked, and did intend to drive home.

There was no evidence that the defendant’s driving was impaired, added Miss Elkington.

Oppong who lives with his fiancee of three years and has no previous convictions, had been offered a job as a driver after taking a career break, but acknowledged that he wouldn’t be able to accept it and was ‘extremely disappointed in himself’ said Miss Elkington.

Magistrates sentenced him to a disqualification lasting 16 months, with the chance to reduce this by 16 weeks through completing a rehabilitation course.

He must also pay a £110 fine, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs.