Grantham court: Motorist caught drink-driving after being sent home from work

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A man who suffers clinical depression was caught drink driving by police after he was sent home from work.

Christopher Graham Maw, 56, of Holden Way, Great Gonerby, admitted drink driving on October 29.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare told the court that a police officer saw Holden at 2.15pm driving his Honda HR-V and suspected he may be drink driving. He followed the car and stopped it in Stephenson Avenue.

Maw told the officer he had had a few drinks at lunchtime. He gave a positive roadside breathtest and was taken to the police station where he gave a reading of 95 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol. Mr Clare said Maw had no previous convictions.

Julian Sheen, defending, said Maw had had considerable problems at work resulting in his clinical depression. He said Maw would lose his job because he needed a driving licence. He added: “He went to see his GP as soon as he was charged and he was given a course of anti-depressants.”

Magistrates asked for a probation report. They adjourned the case until December 31 and granted Maw unconditional bail. He was given an interim driving ban.