Drink-driver in 13-month ban from the roads
DRINK-DRIVER Jack Grocott has been banned from the roads for 13 months.
The 22-year-old was stopped by police driving a Ford Focus in Sneyd Green on December 8, North Staffordshire magistrates heard yesterday.
Prosecutor Andrew Bodger said: "Officers entered Repington Road at 12.55am and observed a car driving at high speed. They signalled for the driver to stop.
"The could smell alcohol in the car and on the defendant's clothing and breath. The defendant said he drank a pint five or 10 minutes before stopping."
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The court heard a roadside breath test proved positive and Grocott was taken into custody where he was breathalysed. His lowest reading was 51 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.
Grocott, of Peascroft Road, Norton, pleaded guilty to drink driving.
Colette Lamb, mitigating, said Grocott went to the pub after his partner told him she was leaving.
"He had two pints of Stella. He thought he was OK to drive."
Miss Lamb added Grocott denies driving at high speed.
Magistrates disqualified Grocott from driving for 13 months. They also fined him £230 and he must pay a £23 surcharge and £85 costs.