Drink driver caught twice in a week

The 59-year-old received a hefty driving ban after being caught twice by police.

A MAN who was caught drink driving twice within the space of a week has been disqualified from driving for two years and four months.

Keith Churchill, of Bideford Bay Holiday Park, pleaded guilty to two charges of driving while drunk and one charge of failing to appear in court.

The court heard the 59-year-old bought a brand new BMW on the morning of April 29 and was caught driving it around the park after having several drinks that evening.

Police attended the scene and breathalysed Churchill who had 99 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath - nearly three-times the drink drive limit.

He was bailed to attend court on June 7 but only three days later was caught drink driving in the same vehicle again.

Churchill was pulled over by police after he was caught driving along the 60mph A39 road towards Roundswell at a slow speed.

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He was breathalysed and again found to be over the legal limit, blowing a reading of 64 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Churchill was due to appear in court last week but failed to turn up. He was arrested on Thursday morning and taken into custody.

Jen Law, defending, said Churchill had been suffering with depression and had already served more than 24 hours in custody waiting to appear in court.

Magistrates heard Churchill used to work as a truck driver and this was the first time he had turned to alcohol since the death of his mother.

He said he had not turned up at court because he had got the dates wrong.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 28 month disqualification from driving, a £200 fine and £20 victim surcharge.

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