Northam man, 67, receives long driving ban after his third drink driving conviction in 10 years.

A 67-year-old has received a lengthy driving ban after being caught drink driving for the third time in 10 years.

Derek Kevin Arkless, of Goodwood Park Road, drove after drinking ‘a few halves’ and some brandies.

Arkless appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to drink driving.

He was stopped in his Ford Transit van by a member of the public who saw him collide with a parked car.

There was no damage or injury but the passerby could smell alcohol on Arkless and took his keys off him, calling police.

Debbie Bakehouse, defending, said Arkless had been at his allotment when he was invited for ‘a half’ at the pub.

He had not planned on drinking so much and went to move his vehicle to a safe place for fear of getting a parking ticket.

Ms Bakehouse added: “He’s very sorry and very embarassed about being in court.”

Magistrates heard Arkless had two previous drink driving convictions - one in July 2006 and the other in February 2007.

They disqualified him from driving for 46 months and fined him £140 plus £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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