Driver is caught out

THE effects of a stag night out in Bridlington lasted longer than a reveller thought after he was found to be over twice the drink drive limit the following morning.

Bridlington magistrates heard how Paul Andrew Cosgrove, a 35 year old delivery driver, had been to pubs and clubs in the town until the early hours of Sunday September 11 before staying overnight at a local hotel.

He had got up at 10.30am, had a full breakfast and was driving on the road between Garton on the Wolds and Wetwang villages when he was stopped by police.

They were acting on a phone call from a member of the public who said he had seen a Peugeot 306 being driven erratically towards Wetwang with empty beer cans being thrown from it.

Karen Quintick, prosecuting, told last Wednesday’s hearing police caught up with the car in Main Street, Wetwang, when it was made to pull over to the side of the road. The reading of 73 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breach was more than twice the legal drink drive limit of 35 microgrammes.

Nick Farr, mitigating, said Cosgrove maintains the offence was not premeditated. He had been out the previous night and into the early hours on a stag night in Bridlington and had booked into a hotel spending the rest of the night in Bridlington.

“He had been out drinking until the early hours and had a large amount to drink but having slept and had breakfast he thought he would be all right to drive. He was well over the limit,” said Mr Farr.

Cosgrove, of Aviary Place, Leeds, pleaded guilty to the drink drive charge and produced a letter to the court from his employers stating if he was disqualified from driving he would lose his job.

He was disqualified from driving for 17 months, fined £230 with £85 court costs and £15 victim surcharge.