Four-year-ban for repeat drink driver

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A MAN who was charged with drink driving for the second time in three years has been banned from the roads for four years.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how John Heap was found to have 105mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, which is three times the legal limit, after being stopped on Norfolk Street.

Steve Woodman, prosecuting, told how officers spotted the 25-year-old, of Hardy Street, Springfield, behind the wheel of a Peugeot 307 drinking a bottle of WKD on Saturday January 9.

He said: “He (Heap) was spotted by police drinking a bottle of WKD. He came to a stop and police saw he was well over the limit and he was arrested. While at the police station, his alcohol level was 105mg.”

Martin Jones, defending, said: “He usually conducts himself admirably and leads a decent life.

“He works hard and gas been in the same job for seven years at Heinz. He works hard to provide for himself, his partner and his 21-month-old daughter. They live in a mortgaged property. He told me ‘I accept what I did was tottally and utterly wrong. Punish me but please don’t punish my family’.

“I asked him why he committed the offence and he said it was stupid and he had had an argument with his partner and grabbed a bottle and continued driving.

“He accepts that he won’t be driving. He can’t drink regularly but accepts that once a week he tends to binge drink. He’s totally and utterly ashamed of himself and he is totally and utterly embarrassed and has asked that I apologise to the court on his behalf.”

The presiding magistrate banned Heap from driving for 48 months and didn’t give him the option of taking the drink driving course, which can reduce the ban by 25 per cent because it “wouldn’t be appropriate” because of his record.

Heap must also complete a 12 month community order which includes 80 hours unpaid work and pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60,