Bradwell motorist nearly five times over drink-drive limit
A MAN who became an alcoholic after being attacked and seriously injured was caught driving while nearly five times over the drink-drive limit.
Peter Knipe who was not insured and was driving without a licence was jailed for 12 weeks and banned from driving for four years by North Staffordshire Magistrates.
The defendant, aged 29, of Machin Crescent, Bradwell, pleaded guilty to offences of drink driving, having no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence on September 20 this year.
Clair Moss, prosecuting, told the court that in the early hours of the morning police travelling along Bradwell Lane, Newcastle, saw a Vauxhall Corsa travelling in the opposite direction which appeared to swerve towards them.
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Mrs Moss said the officers turned their vehicle around and followed and stopped the Corsa.
The driver, who was Peter Knipe, smelled strongly of drink.
She said a breath alcohol reading showed a figure of 170 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.
Mrs Moss told the court that Knipe had one relevant previous conviction in October 2009.
Paul Hiatt, defending, said his client was an alcoholic. He said in late 2009 the defendant was assaulted and badly injured and had not worked since.
He said: "As a result of that he turned to drink to forget what happened."
Mr Hiatt told the magistrates that Knipe was waiting for a bed to become available at the Burton Alcohol Treatment Centre.