20th Sep, 2020

Curfew and two-year ban for driving at twice limit

Worcester Editorial 29th Jul, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MAN who was caught driving with more than twice the legal limit of alcohol has been given a two year ban and an eight week curfew.

John Martin Jenkins, of Woodland Road, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (July 24) to driving his silver Mercedes E220 Estate with 98 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath on the Woodland Road.

Owen Beale, prosecuting, said: “He had driven to the Co-operative store to buy alcohol there and the employee refused to serve him because she could see he was drunk. She saw him leave the store and get in a car and drive towards the centre and so she called the police.

“Officers found the car on his driveway, he was still on the drive with the keys.

“He was arrested and taken to the police station.”

Defence solicitor, Belinda Arris, told the court the 54-year-old has had issues with alcohol for many years and problems with his mental health. She said he had been caring for his wife who has Bipolar who has now left him.

“He has suffered with depression for years but has voluntarily contacted a rehabilitation service and hopes to get on a detox course.”

District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “If you had read 120, and it was quite a while between the time you were refused alcohol and them arresting you and giving the test, it would have been very serious indeed.

“You must have been driving like an absolute menace driving around you could have easily have hit a pedestrian and killed them and could have gone to prison for a long time.”

Jenkins was given an eight week curfew from 6pm until 5am every night and was ordered to pay court costs of £85, a £60 victim surcharge and a £150 court charge.

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