Drink-driver was three times over limit

Court News.
Court News.

A 40-year-old man admitted driving with an alcohol level more than three times the limit when he appeared before magistrates at Skegness.

Jason Jellicoe Elliott of Derby Avenue, was said to have been seen driving at an excess speed just after 9pm on October 15 on North Shore, Skegness.

After a positive breath test he was found to have an alcohol level of 116 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The court was also told that Elliott had been disqualified from driving in 1999 with a requirement that he take another driving test, which he had never done, and so even though he had a provisional driving licence, he was technically driving whilst disqualified, which he also admitted.

The court was told Elliott had been convicted of driving with excess alcohol in 2008 and so was liable to a mandatory three year disqualification for this new offence.

Mitigating, Dave Clapham said that it had been thought that Elliott was an alcoholic and in 2010 he was given an alcohol treatment order, which had been referred to the NHS but which was not in fact ever carried out by them.

However, he said it had now been recognised that he was not an alcoholic but had a mental illness which resulted in stress which he effectively self-medicated by taking alcohol, which would affect his judgement on driving.

The magistrates imposed an interim driving ban and adjourned the case for sentence on November 27 so that a full report from the Probation Service could be obtained.