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Drink-driver ‘helping friend’
5:00pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
A MAN who was caught drink-driving was trying to help his friend who was locked out of their house, a court heard.
John James Fuller, of Bettle Close, Drakes Broughton, near Pershore, pleaded guilty to the offence at Worcester Magistrates Court.
Frederick Pilkington, prosecuting, said officers in uniform on mobile patrol saw Fuller driving on the wrong side of the road, travelling at about 60mph, on Saturday, October 5.
They decided to put their lights on to indicate for him to pull over.
Mr Pilkington said: “He was swerving all over the road.
“Swerving on the curb and across the road again and took several hundred yards before coming to a stop.”
The 33-year-old was arrested for driving while not able before being asked to provide a breath test.
He was found to have 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
Paul Stanley, defending, said Fuller drank five glasses of wine before going to bed, and only got up to drive because a friend had called him for assistance – because they were locked out of their house.
He said: “Late that evening he got a phone call that a friend had locked themselves out.
“Shortly into the journey he was stopped.”
District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “You were found to be well over the limit – more than twice the legal limit.”
He was disqualified from driving for 21 months, with the option to undertake the drink-drive scheme which, if completed , would mean a 25 per cent reduction in his disqualification.
He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
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