Newtown drink driver threw keys in hedge
7:10am Wednesday 13th February 2013 in News
Police officers who stopped a driver for not wearing a seat belt tested him for alcohol and found he was nearly three times over the legal limit.
Sam Gittins, aged 26, of Newtown-in-St-Martin, pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates’ Court to drink-driving at Helston on January 12.
He had 94mcg of alcohol in every 100ml of breath.
Alison May, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said while officers were following his vehicle Gittins stopped it, got out and threw the ignition keys into a hedge, later handing them to the police with an apology for his behaviour. He had no previous convictions.
Neil Lewin, defending, said his client’s full-time job took him travelling all over the country but he would probably stay in work without his driving licence. He also worked for a local pub as a chef at weekends.
District Judge Diane Baker fined Gittins £600 and ordered him to pay £120 costs and surcharge. He was banned from driving for 24 months.