Drink driver banned for 20 months

A CLOUGHTON man has been disqualified from driving after being found to be twice the drink drive limit.

In his first appearance before a court Benjamin Lawson, of Station Lane, pleaded guilty at Scarborough Magistrates to one charge of driving when above the alcohol limit.

The 21-year-old was arrested on June 18 after failing a road side breath test, which he was asked to take after crashing his blue Ford Fiesta at Staxton.

Prosecuting Sandra White told the court that police officers were called to the accident at around 3.15pm.

She said that after failing the breath test Lawson was taken to the police station where a blood test showed him to be twice above the drink drive limit with 165 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Robert Vining, defending, said: “The defendant had been at a friends in the morning, and had some cans. He was due to pick up his girlfriend later in the day, however his friends had asked him to give them a lift.

“He made the common mistake of not leaving sufficient time to let the alcohol be absorbed.”

Magistrates disqualified Lawson from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £350 fine, £18 costs and £15 victim surcharge.