Grantham court: Fast asleep in car after night out with pals

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A 21-year-old admitted to driving while more than twice the legal alcohol limit after being spotted sleeping in his car by police.

Adam Barker, 21, of High Street, Colsterworth pleaded guilty to driving a BMW in Grantham with 76 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath on September 6.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said that Barker was discovered by police asleep in a BMW at 5.15am on Gloucester Road.

They asked him to get out of the car and noted that he was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol.

He admitted that he’d been out drinking with friends in the town centre, but by the end of the night had lost them all and couldn’t find a taxi.

Barker then decided to drive the one and a half miles to his friend’s house where he was parked up when he was found by police.

Representing himself in court, Barker apologised and said it was not something that he would normally have done.

He was sentenced to an 18 month driving ban, which he can reduce by 18 weeks by completing a drink driver’s rehabilitation course. In addition he was fined £120, on top of £85 prosecution costs, £20 victim surcharge and £150 criminal courts charge.