Grantham court: Excess alcohol offence scuppers job as a driver

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A Newark man who told the court he had just secured a job as a driver, was disqualified for 18 months after police caught him driving over the limit on the A1.

Michael Waddens-Wood, 24, of Gaitskell Way, Newark pleaded guilty to driving with 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath on March 7.

At 1.48am a Vauxhall Astra van was seen by police on the A1 northbound, being driven across both lanes and also drifting into the soft verge.

Officers pulled the van over in a lay-by just before the speed camera at Great Gonerby, and the driver, Waddens-Wood, complied with and failed a roadside breath test and tests back at the police station.

Representing himself in court, Waddens-Wood said: “It was stupid of me. I didn’t think I was going to be over.”

He added: “I drive for a living, and it’s taken me two years to get to this position. I’ve worked too hard to lose it all, but that’s what I’ve done.”

Waddens-Wood received an 18 month driving ban, with the opportunity to reduce this by 18 weeks through completion of a drink driving rehabilitation course.

He must also pay a £300 fine, £85 in prosecution costs, and a victim surcharge of £30.