Gardener banned for being caught drinking in his van
A LOUTH gardener, who was seen sitting in his van apparently drinking a can of beer, was told he had let down his wife and customers after he admitted driving with excess alcohol.
Skegness Magistrates Court heard that Geoffrey Alan Dales, 48, of Chestnut Drive, was said to have been seen sitting in his van drinking beer before driving away.
He was seen by a member of the public who told the police.
When police stopped him he gave a reading of 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35. Mitigating, Gordon Holt said Dales suffered from a depressive condition and was taking anti-depressants.
He said he had a business as a gardener in the Louth area and on this day, although he was not drinking beer when he was seen sitting in his car, he had been drinking earlier in the day.
Mr Holt told District Judge John Stobart that Dales had had problems recently which had resulted in him drinking more than usual. He said he had approached Addaction for help and they were satisfied they could help him to reduce his alcohol consumption.
Mr Holt said he would not be able to pay for someone to drive him around to his customers. Judge Stobart told Dales he had let himself, his wife down and all his customers down.
"It's a shame it has taken this to make you look at yourself and your drinking," he added.
He was fined £350 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £35 victim surcharge.
He was also disqualified from driving for 16 months but was offered the drink drivers' rehabilitation course which would reduce the period of disqualification by four months.