Drink driver banned

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A SCARBOROUGH man has been given an 18-month ban for drink driving.

Michael Barker, 52, of Beech Close, Eastfield, admitted the offence which took place on July 23 in Westway.

Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, told the court that Barker was spotted by police officers driving erratically at 10.15pm.

She said: “Officers saw a grey Kia ahead going in the same direction.

“The vehicle was swerving from the offside to the nearside and frequently braking unnecessarily.”

Despite the police signalling for Barker to pull over, he continued and pulled into his driveway in Beech Close.

Miss Reeve said that when officers spoke to him they could smell alcohol on his breath. He told them he had had four pints.

A roadside test showed he had 132mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

However when he was tested at the police station the reading was 87mg and this is the level at which he was charged.

Ian Brickman, mitigating, said his client was a man of good character and had no previous convictions.

He said that as far as Barker was concerned the incident was an “aberration on his part” and that a driving ban would seriously affect his employment at a holiday village.

Mr Brickman said: “Travelling to and from work will be virtually impossible, so I would ask you to keep disqualification to a minimum.”

Barker was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £180.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.