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North Wootton man banned from driving for 40 months

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A North Wootton man has been banned from driving for 40 months for his second excess alcohol offence.

Police acting on “local intelligence” stopped Anthony Reed as he drove in to Tesco car park in Downham shortly after 10pm on September 25.

Prosecutor Hannah Butler told magistrates in Lynn on Thursday that officers had been told that the 47-year-old “often drinks and then drives”.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (52753181)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (52753181)

“He smelt of intoxicating liquor and his speech was slurred,” she added.

Reed was arrested after he failed a roadside breath test. He then admitted he was not insured to drive the Honda CR-V.

In custody he blew 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The court was told that Reed, of Priory Road, had a previous conviction for drink-driving in 2015. This triggered the mandatory minimum ban of 36 months for a second offence within ten years.

Solicitor George Sorrell, mitigating, said: “He was at home with his friend when he decided to go to Tesco to do some shopping and, as you’ve heard, was stopped on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol. “He’s very sorry for this offence.”

Magistrates declined to offer Reed the drink-driver rehabilitation course, which could have reduced the length of disqualification, as it had been offered after the previous offence.

He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £50 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

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