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'I have drunk a lot': Boxing Day motorist was almost three times the drink-drive limit

By Dayna Farrington | Bridgnorth | Crime | Published:

A Boxing Day motorist has been banned from driving for two years after he was found to be nearly three times the drink-drive limit.

Simon Mullins, of High Grosvenor, Bridgnorth, pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving when he appeared at Telford Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that in the early hours of December 26, Mullins gave a reading of 101 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when providing a breath test for police. The limit is 35 microgrammes.

Prosecuting, Abigail Hall, said that police officers spoke to Mullins, who had been driving a white Seat Arosa on Highgrove, in Worfield, and asked what he had been doing, to which the he replied 'I have drunk a lot'.

Representing himself in court, 39-year-old Mullins said: “I understand the implication of what I have done, and I am truly sorry. If I could take it back, I would.”

Magistrates banned him from driving for 24 months and handed him a 12-month community order, with a requirement to complete 40 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £135 in costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

Mullins was also offered a drink drive rehabilitation course, which would cut 24 weeks off his ban if he completes it before May 21, 2019.

Chairman of the magistrates, Sally Themans, said: “It is a very high reading - almost three times the limit.”

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Ketley, Telford.

Reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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