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Denver drink-driver caught during 'act of chivalry'

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An “act of chivalry” cost a young Denver driver his licence.

Harvey Wardle, 20, was over the alcohol limit when he went to pick up a female friend who had been left stranded after a party.

He appeared before Lynn Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to drink-driving on the A1122 at Downham on April 9.

Police stopped the man on the A1122 at Downham, magistrates heard.
Police stopped the man on the A1122 at Downham, magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said Wardle was pulled over after the VW Golf he was driving was seen to drift towards the centre line.

He was arrested after providing a positive roadside breath test.

In custody he gave a reading of 42 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

Solicitor Alison Muir, mitigating, said her client had returned from a pub next door to his home and gone to bed.

He was then woken by a phone call at about 2.30am from the friend asking to be picked up.

Miss Muir said: “As a gesture of goodwill and feeling perfectly well and not affected by the alcohol, he agreed. He was on his way when he was stopped by the police.

“At the start of the night, he had no intention of driving but after three hours of sleep he felt fine. He would never have driven had he thought he would be over the limit.

“When he blew 42, he was absolutely devastated and shocked.”

Miss Muir said the ban would have a big impact on his employment, in the short term probably leading to the end of his role as an assistant manager at a restaurant.

Bench chairman John Hare said it had been a costly “act of chivalry”.

Wardle, of Sluice Road, was banned for 12 months, which can be cut with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £105 costs plus a £34 victim surcharge.

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