A drunk driver has lost his job as a plasterer after being banned from getting behind the wheel for the next 12 months, a court has heard.
Dean Garey, of Eltonia Croft, Sheldon, claimed his drinks were spiked when he was found to be over the legal drink drive limit on June 26.
But Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday that the 24-year-old did not have the means to plead ‘special reasons’ and so pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
The defendant was stopped by police along Buryfield Road, Olton, and breathalysed, prosecutor John Cardiff told magistrates.
“He was stopped for his speed. The police officer smelled alcohol and a breath test revealed he had consumed 55mg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath [the legal limit is 35mg],” Mr Cardiff added.
Samantha Malbon, defending, said her client had gone to collect a friend from the local pub at the time of the offence.
“He accepts he did have a drink and that he was over the limit. He drove the short journey back and it was 11.30pm at night, so there were not many people around. He is a plasterer and needs to be able to drive to his places of work - houses and various construction sites.
“He has been told that if he does not have a licence, unfortunately he will no longer have a job.”
Garey, who already has eight points on his licence, was disqualified for 12 months, fined £110 and told to pay £20 victim surcharge and £100 costs.