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Drunken driver wins a reduction in ban

A MOTORIST who was more than four times the limit has won a nine-month reduction on his drink-driving ban.

A MOTORIST who was more than four times the limit has won a nine-month reduction on his drink-driving ban.

Andrew Kerr Rennie Paterson, 59, of Crawshaws Road, Castle Bromwich, was disqualified for three years in May 2008. Last Thursday (June 17) he successfully applied to Nuneaton magistrates for the ban to be lifted.

Taking into account an interim disqualification, he would have been banned until April 28 2011.

Paterson was involved in ‘a minor road traffic collision’ in March 2008 and left the scene, said prosecutor Steve Parish.

A breath test showed he had 146 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35mc.

“He said he panicked and was remorseful and apologetic,” added Mr Parish.

Although Paterson was given the chance to do a drink-driver rehabilitation course - which would have reduced his ban by 25 per cent - he did not do so.

Paterson, who has no other convictions, said on oath: “I no longer drink alcohol. I no longer smoke cigarettes.

“I went through a difficult time. I lost my wife, I lost my mother a few years back.”

He said he used to deliver vehicles and, if his licence was restored, this would help him find work.

Presiding magistrate Graham Jones told Paterson the Bench had considered his character, the nature of the offence and his sworn statement.

Magistrates noted he crashed into a brick wall, no-one else was involved and he did not attend the rehabilitation course due to “innocent ignorance.”

Mr Jones said: “We will amend the date that the disqualification ends to the 28th of July, that’s the date you would have been able to get your licence back if you had taken the course.”

 

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