Soldier handed ban and fine for drink-driving

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A SCARBOROUGH soldier who was disabled while serving in Afghanistan pleaded guilty to drink driving yesterday.

Tom Lawlor, 20, of Bracken Hill, was pulled over at quarter past midnight on New Year’s Eve, as he drove his specially adapted Volkswagen Golf on Northstead Manor Drive.

A roadside breath test showed a reading of 46 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Nick Tubbs, mitigating, told Scarborough Magistrates’ Court: “He is very sorry. He thought he was alright.”

Mr Tubbs added that Lawlor would have difficulty travelling to his rehabilitation course in another part of the country, but accepted he would have to make his way on public transport.

Magistrates agreed to give Lawlor the minimum 12-month driving ban, and offered him a place on a drink driving rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £280, told to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Lawlor lost both legs in an explosion while he was on foot patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 12 months ago.