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Driver was four times over limit

A SOLIHULL drink-driver who was almost four times over the limit has been banned for three years and given a suspended prison sentence.

A SOLIHULL drink-driver who was almost four times over the limit has been banned for three years and given a suspended prison sentence.

Mark Alan Edward Roberts, 43, of Conway Road, Fordbridge, appeared before Nuneaton magistrates for sentence on Monday after earlier admitting using a vehicle without insurance and while unfit through drink or drugs.

The case had been adjourned for a probation report.

Crown prosecutor William Foster said at about 10.45pm on February 27 police attended the scene of an accident on Coleshill Road, Lea Marston, involving a Rover car which Roberts had been driving. “Mr Roberts was still at the scene, obviously the worse for drink. Police saw he was unsteady on his feet.”

A test showed he had 139 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, almost four times the legal limit of 35mc.

The car was not insured.

Mr Foster said Roberts had two similar matters on his record – one in January 1996 for failing to provide a specimen and the other in May the following year for driving with excess alcohol – making him eligible for a minimum three-year driving ban.

Roberts was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with a requirement to attend a 12-month supervision programme. A three-year ban was imposed and he was told to pay £85 costs. His licence was endorsed.

On behalf of Roberts, solicitor Brian Sheridan said Roberts had £4,000 rent arrears and “his financial situation is very grim.”

Passing sentence, presiding magistrate Elizabeth Betts told Roberts: “This is without doubt probably one of the highest readings that the three of us have ever seen. It is unbelievable.”

n Roberts was due to be sentenced on April 3 when, although he arrived at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Nuneaton, he was too drunk to appear in court.

 

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