Four-year ban for moped rider over the limit

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A SCARBOROUGH moped rider has been banned for four years for being three times the legal alcohol limit.

Christopher Watson, 48, of Dunn Grove, Eastfield, was stopped by police in September after they spotted him riding his Piaggio Zip moped on a grassed area.

After a breath test, Watson recorded 106 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Officers also found him to have no insurance for the moped.

Mitigating, Ian Brickman said Watson regretted his actions and said he was reliant upon alcohol which he was trying to address.

He said: “He bought the moped with the view of doing it up for one of his sons.

“He decided to try it out to see if it was ok and rode it on a large grassed area and deliberately did not go on the road.

“He bitterly regrets making that decision and could have tested it in his garden shed.

“He accepts he was over the limit, he has a serious problem with drink and is in a fairly constant state of intoxication.

“He is trying to cut down on his drinking.”

Magistrates disqualified Watson for four years and handed him a 12 month supervision order.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.