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Penrith man admits second drink-driving offence

[A] Penrith man has been banned from the roads for a second time after admitting drink-driving.

Thomas Alan Diggle, 33, gave his address as Milton Street, he pleaded guilty to drink-driving on Ullswater Road on July 28.

Magistrates in Carlisle were told how police officers witnessed Diggle driving a Honda Civic slowly then pull into a lay-by near Clifton, he was later seen driving on Ullswater Road and driving into McDonald’s car park and “looked dishevelled”.

The court was told he failed a road-side breath test and was arrested, at the police station he gave a sample of breath with a reading of 48mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35.

Diggle told the court he has now lost his job because of this and thought he was under the limit.

On sentencing, Diggle was told this offence is aggravated because this is his second drink-drive offence, after the previous offence he attended a drink-driver’s awareness course and this has done him no-good, “it has not prevented you from drink-driving a second time”.

He was disqualified for 38-months fined £120 with prosecution costs of £85 with a victim’s surcharge of £30.

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