Drink-driver had row in pub

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A ​drink-driver came clean straight away with officers who arrested him stating: ​“I’ll save you some time. I’m drunk! I’ve got no licence and I’ve got no insurance!”

Kenneth Thomas, 51, was stopped by police after driving his car 200 yards up the road​ from a ​pub ​where he’d just had an argument with the landlord over leaving his car in the car park.

East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard ​​how father-of-five Thomas was arrested near his home on Tennyson Avenue, Bridlington,​ on the night of April 27. ​

Defending Lindsay Kirk said ​he had left his car in the pub car park because his nearby lock-up was full.

But she said the vehicle landed him in an argument with the pub landlord who said it would be clamped and that Thomas would have to pay a £50 clamping charge.

The court heard that despite not having a driving licence, Thomas had bought the car from his daughter and son-in-law to help them raise cash to go on holiday.

His intention was to sell on the vehicle to recoup the money at a later date.

Ms Kirk added: “He tells me that he said to the officers ‘I’ll save you some time - I’m drunk. I’ve got no licence and I’ve got no insurance!’”

She added: “The officers helped him to carry all his daughter’s belongings out of the vehicle then they locked him up in the cells for the night.”

The court heard that Thomas lives alone in a flat with his dog and earns £120 cleaning wheelie bins.

He pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance. His breath test reading was 90mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mg.

Magistrates heard that he had been sentenced for drink-driving 11 years ago and that he also had previous convictions for domestic violence, albeit ones which were “of some age.”

Magistrates adjourned his case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Thomas was released on unconditional bail to return to East Riding Magistrates’ Court on June 3 when he will be sentenced.