A 72-YEAR-OLD motorist who collided with another vehicle while nearly twice the legal alcohol limit has been disqualified.
Peter Fletcher, of Filey, struck a Mercedes on the A64 at Ganton in May after having 153 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, Scarborough Magistrates Court head yesterday.
The legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol.
The court was told Fletcher, of Gardeners Court, collided with the Mercedes in his Toyota Yaris close to the Ganton Greyhound and side road leading towards Ganton Golf Club.
Mitigating, Shaun Greenan said Fletcher was extremely remorseful over the incident and was unaware he was over the legal limit.
Mr Greenan said: “He had been to see family and accepts he had been drinking during the course of the afternoon.
“He thought he was fine to drive.
“He is disappointed with himself because he had a driving career of over 50 years without any problems and appears before the court never having been in any trouble in his life.”
Mr Greenan added Fletcher was a widow and pleaded for leniency to allow him to continue driving to visit his wife’s memorial.
However, Paul Sudworth, chairman of the bench, said magistrates took a dim view of any driver recording such a large alcohol level.
He added: “This was significantly higher than the limit and that has to be taken very seriously and there was a serious accident resulting from it too.”
Magistrates disqualified Fletcher for 22 months and ordered him to pay a £200 fine.
He was also made to pay £85 costs and attend a drink driving rehabilitation course.
The collision followed a number of serious incident on the road this year and caused Ganton residents to launch a campaign for new speed restrictions.
A 12-year-old boy died in January after being struck by a car near West Heslerton and in April a woman was hit as she crossed the road into the village.
A driver travelling towards Scarborough ploughed into a hedge in May after trying to avoid an overtaking car.
Resident Jayne Scotland previously told the Evening News people living locally “put their lives in their hands” every time they negotiated the route.
Bosses from the Highways Agency have confirmed they were aware of residents’ concerns but could not make further comment at present time.