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Heacham drink-driver banned caught after trip to shops, court told

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A short trip to the shops cost a Heacham man his driving licence for a second time.

David McKenna, 52, was found to be more than two-and-a-half times the alcohol limit.

And as it was his second conviction within a ten-year period, he has been disqualified from driving for the mandatory minimum of 36 months.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51810735)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51810735)

Magistrates in Lynn on Thursday declined to offer him a drink-drive rehabilitation course which could have cut the length of his ban. McKenna had undertaken one following his previous offence in 2016.

Police arrested him in Foreman Close, where he lives, after he provided a positive roadside breath test.

In custody he gave a reading 89 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

McKenna pleaded guilty to drink-driving on September 8.

Alison Muir, mitigating, said he had taken the decision to drive the “relatively short” distance to the shops after discovering there was no food at home.

“It’s his second drink-drive offence,” she added. “The first was a minor miscalculation and the lowest disqualification.

“This time he just didn’t think before he drove that short distance to get some food.”

As well as the ban, McKenna was fined £400 and ordered to pay £105 costs plus a £40 victim surcharge.

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