A DRINK driver has been banned from getting behind the wheel for two years after he was caught twice over the limit.
Colin Andrews, of Bromfield Road, pleaded guilty at Redditch Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (October 13) to driving his car with 73 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath.
Adrian Jones, prosecuting, told the court two women saw the 69-year-old stumbling across the car park of the Trafford Shopping Centre at about 7pm on September 23. He got in his car and drove away and the pair called the police.
Mr Jones said: “When interviewed he said he had gone to watch the rugby at the pub and had two or three pints of mild ale before leaving.
“He felt over the limit when in the fresh air as he’d not eaten since the morning but decided to drive as it was only down the road.”
The women followed him to Bromsfield Road where he parked his car partly in a hedge. Police arrived at his home a few minutes later and arrested him.
Defence solicitor, Henry Skudra, said: “It was only a short distance from the pub to his home, it is walking distance.
“He has had his licence for 52 years and has not been in trouble before now.
“I hope you note from the letters given that he is embarrassed and disappointed by his actions.”
Chair of the bench, Mike Collins, fined Andrews £160 and ordered him to pay £135 in prosecution costs, a £20 victim surcharge and £150 court charge.