Grantham court: Wine and beer in farmer’s vehicle

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A farmer pleaded guilty to driving over the alcohol limit, after police found a bottle of wine and can of beer he’d been drinking inside his vehicle.

Alan Strawson, 51, of Pinfold Lane, Marston was seen by police at around 9.15pm on March 17 driving a Subaru Justy erratically and then going into the car park on Five Gates Lane.

When police went over to the vehicle they found Strawson and a partly drunk bottle of wine and half empty can of beer.

Initially Strawson refused to co-operate with police by giving a breathalyser reading, and instead was taken to the police station where a urine test revealed he was over the drink drive limit with 119 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters.

The court heard how earlier that day Strawson had been sitting with his terminally ill mother, and it was at this point that he had been drinking the alcohol, which he was then taking home.

Strawson had pulled into the car park ‘to get his head right’, and acknowledged that he could have been more accommodating to the police when asked to be breathalysed.

The court was informed of the logistical problems Strawson’s loss of licence would cause, as a tenant farmer who lives two and half miles away from the farm.

Magistrates disqualified Strawson from driving for 12 months, with the chance to reduce this by three months if he completes a drink drive rehabilitation course.

In addition he was fined £580, and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £58.