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Drink driver given three year ban
Updated 4:24pm Tuesday 21st January 2014 in News
A DRINK driver has been caught for a second time after he borrowed a friend's car to drive home from the pub, leading to a three-year ban.
Colin Stinton, 45, of The Holloway, Droitwich, admitted drink driving and driving without insurance when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Monday. He was stopped by police driving his Ford Focus in Somerset Place, Worcester on New Year's Eve at around 3.38am.
Clare Linehan, prosecuting, said Stinton was spotted making a "wide turn" into The Tything in Worcester which caused officers concern. A roadside breath test proved positive and Stinton was arrested. At the police station the lowest of the two readings was 61mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath (the legal limit is 35mcg). Paul Stanley, defending, said Stinton had been drinking at the Crown Inn in St John's. Mr Stanley said: "He borrowed a friend's car but the person who's car he borrowed isn't insured at all. He had four pints." The contract cleaner had a similar conviction in April 2009 for which he was banned from driving for two years. Mr Stanley said: "He's sorry for wasting the court's time." He was fined £160 for the excess alcohol and banned from driving for 36 months. For having no insurance he was fined £100 and six penalty points will be added to his licence. He was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs. If he completes a drink drive course by February 2016 he can shave nine months off the length of the ban.