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Student was three times legal limit when caught drink driving

Worcester Editorial 22nd Nov, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A STUDENT from Worcester has been banned from driving for two years after being caught more than three times over the legal alcohol limit.

Liam Green, studying at the University of Worcester, was also given a 12-month community order after he blew 110 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath into a breathalyser when the legal limit is just 35 microgrammes.

Last Friday (November 15) Worcester Magistrates Court heard the 20-year-old was driving a Citroen on St Pauls Street at 3.15am on October 29, when police pulled him over for not having his lights on.

Green spoke to the officers, who immediately noticed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, and was taken back to the station where he provided a breath test.

Rob Macrory, defending solicitor, said: “He is a person with nothing previously against him, he had a clean licence. He was only driving for a minute before being stopped by the police. He didn’t harm any one and I hope you credit his early plea.”

District Judge Goodman said: “The level of alcohol in your breath was extremely high, however I am impressed with what you had to say in your letter to the court and I agree you are not the sort of person I would want to put in prison straight away.

“You will be helped and advised by the probation officer and that is there to support you. You are required to meet up with the probation officers when they ask or tell you to do so.

“If you fail to meet them you are in breach of the order.

“I have to tell you with that level of alcohol, the DVLA must now decide whether or not you have an alcohol problem, in order to give you your driving licence back.”

Green was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge for the offence.

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