Drink-driver banned

A Spilsby man, who had been drinking heavily during the evening, was almost three times over the drink driving limit when he was stopped by police the following morning, Skegness Magistrates’ Court heard last week.

Alan Cussons, 58, of Queen Street, admitted driving his Vauxhall Vectra with excess alcohol on The Terrace in Spilsby on February 20, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Prosecuting, Paul Wood said Cussons was stopped by the police at 9.40am because he was driving very slowly and was given a breath test.

He said the reading was 100 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Nicholas Alderson said it was Cussons’ first time in court.

He said he had been up late watching television and drinking cider the night before and had got up to move his car onto a car park.

After the magistrates stood the case down for a report from the Probation Service, Mr Alderson added that Cussons had spoken to both the Probation Service and Addaction during the break and it had been a ‘wake-up call’ for him.

The magistrates imposed a 12 month community order and a requirement to undergo alcohol treatment for six months.

He was also banned from driving for two years but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, which would reduce disqualification by six months. He was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.