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Grantham court: Motorcyclist rode while over limit to see girlfriend

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A motorcycle ride to see his girlfriend cost a 24-year-old preparing to start university his driving licence.

Christopher Freer, of Gloucester Avenue, Syston, pleaded guilty to riding his Kawasaki motorbike in Grantham on July 12 while over the drink-drive limit

A test showed he had 83 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Grantham magistrates were told police were called at 8.24am when Freer turned up at the Grantham address of his girlfriend.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said that after a relationship lasting about 10 months, Freer’s girlfriend had asked him to “give her some space”.

On the previous evening Freer had been at a friend’s barbecue where, he said, he drank about four cans of lager and half a bottle of Jack Daniels.

Miss Stace said Freer told police that on the following morning he received a call from his girlfriend asking him to visit, and despite having drunk alcohol into the early hours he decided to make the journey to her home in Grantham.

Simon Cobb, defending, highlighted the emotional nature of events and how the call came from Freer’s girlfriend rather than him just deciding to go over.

“Thankfully he didn’t harm himself or anyone else in the process,” said Mr Cobb.

He added that Freer, who is due to start university in September, had no previous convictions, had co-operated with police, and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Freer was disqualified from driving for 20 months, with the chance to reduce this by 20 weeks if he completes a drink-driver’s rehabilitation course. He must also pay a £110 fine, prosecution costs of £85, a criminal court charge of £150, and victim surcharge of £20.


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