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Two pints of Guinness put North Wootton driver over limit

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A North Wootton man has been handed a second drink-driving ban.

Police had been alerted about a Ford Focus being driven erratically in Lynn Road, Castle Acre, on April 14.

It kicked up a cloud of dust after mounting the verge, Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday.

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.. (57242852)
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.. (57242852)

Officers located Jason Harris, 46, and he failed a roadside breath test.

They also found about six grams of cannabis in the vehicle.

Following his arrest, Harris blew 65 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

He told police he had been smoking cannabis with a friend earlier in the day and the drug must have been his friend’s. However, he accepted responsibility as it was in his car.

Harris, of Ryelands Road, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and possession of a class B drug.

The court was told that he had previous convictions for drink-driving in 1998 and being in charge of a vehicle while over the limit in 2020.

In mitigation, Harris said mounting the verge had happened as he leant across to stop his phone sliding off the passenger seat.

He said: “I’d had two pints of Guinness which I’d consumed rather quickly. I hadn’t eaten all day or the night before. I’m sorry.”

The defendant was banned for 17 months, which can be cut with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £160 and ordered to pay £100 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

There was no separate penalty for the drug offence.

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