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A Forklift truck driver banned was caught for a 4th time drink driving has been banned from the road for 40 months.

The incident began when 27 year old Gary Prescott was seen driving erratically in the early hours of a Sunday morning.

Prescott was stopped by the police who noted that his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol. He was breathalysed and gave a reading of 54mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The current legal limit for drink driving in England and Wales is 35mg.

Appearing in court and admitting the offence of drink driving, the Magistrates heard that Prescott had been drinking with his girlfriend until around 10pm the previous night and went to bed.

He was woken at around 2.30 in the morning by a friend who said that his grandmother had fallen and needed help.

Prescott thought that as he had stopped drinking some time before he would be okay and agreed to drive his friend back to his grandmother’s house.

It was during this journey that the police pulled him over.

In sentencing, the Magistrates heard that he had been convicted of drink driving 3 times before. They also heard that during the commission of these offences he had been drinking heavily owing to the death of his grandmother.

Prescott, who is in full time employment, was banned from driving for 40 months, fined £300 and ordered to pay £85 court costs.



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