Grantham court: Marine from Caythorpe crashed into pole when over drink-drive limit

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A 20-year-old marine who careered into a telephone pole while over the drink-drive limit has been disqualifed from driving.

Stephen Tranmer, of Kings Hill, Caythorpe, pleaded guilty to committing the offence on Main Street, Normanton on August 31.

Prosecutor Marie Stace outlined how at around 12.20am, while driving his Volvo, Tranmer collided with a telephone pole and rebounded into the road.

Officers attended and Tranmer failed a roadside breath test, before giving a reading of 98 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath at the police station – nearly three times the legal limit of 35.

During interview, Tranmer explained he had been to a memorial cricket game in Caythorpe, but afterwards, while drinking at a social club, had a row with another male he knew.

Although the defendant left and walked home, he met the man again and after a further altercation decided to “drive to clear his head”.

Tranmer added that he’d received a text message on his phone which was in the centre console, which had distracted him and led to the crash.

Simon Cobb, defending, highlighted that Tranmer had never offended before, and was upset after the other man allegedly assaulted him.

Tranmer then rang his girlfriend, who lives in Grantham, as it was her he was driving to see when the accident happened.

Mr Cobb added that this incident would be a blot on his client’s career as a marine, and how the loss of his driving licence would limit what roles he could take up.

He explained that Tranmer is usually based in Arbroath in Scotland, and was due to begin a three-month tour of duty abroad.

Magistrates disqualified Tranmer from driving for 24 months, with the chance to reduce this by 24 weeks if he completes a drink drivers’ rehabilitation course.

He must also pay a £500 fine, £85 in prosecution costs, a £50 victim surcharge and a criminal court charge of £150.