Pub landlord was caught over the limit

Court news.
Court news.

A pub landlord, who drove his wife’s car after drinking with friends after hours, was more than twice the legal limit for alcohol, a court has been told.

Lee Sandland, 48, of Tree Close, Skegness, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before the town’s magistrates’ court.

He also admitted driving without being insured to drive the car and without a full driving licence.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said that at 11.30pm on February 6, police stopped Sandland driving his wife’s Mercedes car on the A52 Old Roman Bank at Ingoldmells and he gave a positive breath test. He gave a reading of 83 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

In mitigation, Tim Miller said that Sandland ran a pub in Ingoldmells (not named during the case) and had intended to get a bus or taxi home but instead stayed for a drink with some customers and then decided to drive his wife’s car home.

He said the car was insured for his wife to drive but not for him because he did not have a full driving licence.

He said Sandland had decided not to drive again and would not be applying for his licence back.

Last Tuesday, the magistrates fined Sandland a total of £220 with £85 costs and a £22 victim surcharge and disqualified him from driving for 22 months.