Mr Michael Goodwin appeared in the Summary Court on Wednesday, charged with one case of driving with excess alcohol.
On the 23rd May this year police officers stopped Mr Goodwin after he was seen driving ‘erratically.’ He failed a roadside breathalyser test and was taken to the police station. Once there he provided two further breath specimens which showed 40 micrograms of alcohol – the legal limit being 35.
Speaking to explain the evening Mr Goodwin said that he had attended the May Ball and had no more than 5 beers while there. After an evening of dancing he was asked to give some people a lift home. Because he thought he was under the legal limit and it was a cold night he agreed.
When sentencing the Justices of the Peace said that Mr Goodwin had “made an error in judgement in driving friends home.” He was disqualified from driving for 12 months, given a fine of £354 and ordered to pay court costs of £150.