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Grantham court: Engineer faces dismissal after drink conviction




Court news.
Court news.

A construction engineer will be instantly dismissed from his job because he was caught drink driving.

Vincent Abbs, 56, of Westside Avenue, Grantham, pleaded guilty to drink driving on November 11 near his home.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare said Abbs was stopped by police at 8.30pm in Westside Avenue and they smelled alcohol on his breath. He gave a positive breath test and gave a reading of 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was tested again at the police station. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol. He had no previous convictions.

Defending, Julian Sheen said Abbs was going through difficult domestic problems. He went to meet someone about these matters intending only to have one drink, but went on to drink two or three pints. Mr Sheen said: “He has to drive for his employment so he will be out of work for a considerable amount of time.”

Mr Sheen told the court that drink driving would lead to Abbs’ instant dismissal because it was seen as gross misconduct.

Magistrates disqualified Abbs from driving for 18 months which will be reduced by 18 weeks if he successfully completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course. He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay a £150 criminal courts charge and a £20 victim surcharge.



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