70-year-old Wainfleet man in driving ban

A 70-year-old man, convicted of his second offence of driving with excess alcohol, has been disqualified from driving for three years.

Peter Arthur Crisp of Matt Pit Lane, Wainfleet, admitted driving with excess alcohol on October 11 last year, when he appeared before magistrates at Skegness last week.

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said police stopped Crisp who was driving his Ford Fiesta car in Matt Pit Lane in the late afternoon, and smelled alcohol on his breath.

Asked if he’d been drinking, Crisp said: “Yes, a tot of brandy.”

He was arrested and taken to a police station where he provided a reading of 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal maximum is 35.

In mitigation, it was said Crisp had been building a chicken coop all day and, as it was cold, when he got home he had a tot of brandy.

He then went out to buy cigarettes when he was stopped by the police.

It was said Crisp took a spray for angina and this would have affected his breath/alcohol reading, but not enough to put him over the limit.

The magistrates told Crisp they saw no benefit in offering him the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, as he had taken it before, and disqualified him from driving for three years.

He was also fined £150 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.