October 1st, 2016

Dodford pensioner banned for drink-driving

Updated: 3:00 pm, Nov 24, 2015

A DODFORD pensioner has been banned from driving for 12 months after police saw him moving into the direction of an oncoming lorry while over the alcohol limit.

John Chambers, of Dodford Road, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (November 20) to driving with 48 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Lesley Ashton, prosecuting, told the court the 66-year-old was stopped on the A448 towards Bromsgrove on November 6, when he was stopped officers in an unmarked police car.

“The officers saw him veering across white lines as a heavy goods vehicle was coming in the other direction towards him,” she said.

They stopped him and could smell alcohol on him so carried out a road side breath test and arrested him.

Defence solicitor, Chris Hilton, told the court Chambers had been to visit friends at a pub and drank five half pints of a beer he was not familiar with.

He said: “He has gone from the pub and walked about half hour to the train station and waited for the train which he was then on for about 35 to 45 minutes. he then walked another half a mile.

“He believed with that time frame, the fresh air, what he had consumed and how he was feeling he did not think it would be an issue.

“The vehicle in the opposite direction had its lights on full beam and he only had his on dipped down the country lane, caused him to be momentarily distracted and it is at that time they examined his car movements.”

Chair of the bench, Harry Turner, banned Chambers from driving for 12 months and fined him £195. He was also ordered to pay £105 in prosecution costs, a £20 victim surcharge and a £150 court charge.