Driver banned for two years and fined

A DRIVER has been banned for two years and fined £470 for getting behind the wheel while nearly three times over the drink limit.

Brian Alan Banks, 56, of Long Lane, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to driving a Ford Fiesta along Long Lane on Wednesday, November 2 after drinking four cans of cider.

A breath test revealed he had 104 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.

Mitigating for Banks, Martin Hawes said the defendant’s son had contacted the police about him drink driving.

Mr Hawes said: “He did admit he had driven. The circumstances are unusual as the person who made the complaint to the police was Mr Banks’ son.

“He had been at home with his wife who was at home recovering from an operation for a serious illness. This had been on his mind for some time.

“He drove to a local shop and bought four cans of cider. He consumed the cans and drove home.

“It was not the manner of his driving (why he was caught). The matter was reported to the police.”

Appearing at Bridlington Magistrates Court last Wednesday, in addition to his band and fine he was ordered to pay court costs of £65 and a £15 victim surcharge.

He was been given the option of joining a drink drive course to reduce his ban by six months.