Banned after second driving offence

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A BANNED driver was more than twice the legal alcohol limit when he drove off to a friend’s house after arguing with his mother.

Police were called to a domestic incident but spotted and stopped Glen Spearink in a black Audi in Kingsway, Bourne, magistrates heard.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Spearink had 83 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – more than double the legal limit of 35 microgrammes – when he was arrested on June 17.

Spearink told police he knew he was disqualified at the time and had no insurance.

He admitted having four or five pints of lager and said he left the house to go to a friend’s after arguing with his mother.

Spearink, 22, appeared in custody at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday last week but was bailed to a hearing on Thursday for sentence.

Magistrates ordered him to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work and banned him from driving for three years for driving with excess alcohol and driving while disqualified.

He will also pay £85 costs.

There was no separate penalty for driving without insurance although his licence was endorsed.

Spearink, of Fen Road, Dowsby, was visibly shaking as he sat in front of the dock. He pleaded guilty to all three offences.

Presiding magistrate Jane Tidswell told him: “I think you realise the seriousness of today by your body language and by the way you are behaving and looking.

“I think it has been a very big lesson for you to be held in custody for a few days.”

Spearink was banned from driving for 22 months in October 2010 for a drink drive offence.

Mrs Tidswell said the bench would be within its rights to send him to prison because he had ignored orders of the court.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, described Spearink as “extremely frightened” by the possibilities of what could happen.

He had obeyed the 2010 ban for a substantial period of time but his long term relationship broke down four months ago and he found it very upsetting, she said.

His family had been trying for some time to get him to seek help with his drinking.

Miss Stevens said he is now voluntarily seeing Addaction over his drink problem.