Lunchtime vodkas cost motorist his licence

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

Half-a-mile trip to the car wash lands drink drinker with 28-month ban.

A DRINK driver has been banned for 28 months after driving half a mile to fill up the tank and put his partner’s car through the car wash.

Anthony Bevin, 45, from Woolsery, was found to be three times over the legal limit by police who pulled over the green Rover as it left the car wash at the Texaco filling station in Kingsley Road in Bideford on March 11 this year.

Officers were alerted by a petrol station cashier, who reported Bevin to be ‘reeking’ of alcohol.

On Friday, he pleaded guilty to drink driving at North Devon Magistrates’ Court.


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Defending, Tony Dart, said Bevin had had a couple of vodkas with his lunch but admitted to having had a ‘skinful’ the night before.

He said: “He turned to drink after his mother died last year and has been on a bit of a bender.

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“He has already made an appointment with the Quay Centre in Barnstaple to do something about his alcohol consumption.

“He has no previous drink driving convictions and has already tried to address his issues.”

Magistrate Robin Hagley said: “Having provided a breath level three times over the legal limit puts you in rather a situation.”

As well as a 28-month ban, he imposed a six-month community supervision order, a victim surcharge of £60, and ordered Bevin to attend a drink drive rehabilitation course.

He added: “You can expect a custodial sentence if you are caught driving again.”

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