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Pooley Bridge crash driver admits drink-driving

[A] Kirkby Stephen man has appeared in court and pleaded guilty to a drink-driving offence from August 13.

District Judge Gerald Chalk was told how a road traffic collision between two cars occurred on the B5320 road at Pooley Bridge, the driver of a Ford Fiesta was Clive Hesketh, 53, of Victoria Corner, Kirkby Stephen.

When police arrived at the accident the court was told how officers found Hesketh to be “unsteady on his feet, looking dazed and they smelt what they thought was intoxications [alcohol] on his breath”, he failed a roadside breathalyser and was arrested and taken to Carlisle police station, while there he gave an “evidential” breath reading of 77-mcgs of alcohol in 100ml of breath, over twice the legal limit of 35.

The magistrates court was told Hesketh “hadn’t appreciated he was over the limit” the minor damage to the cars will be addressed separately.

Hesketh was disqualified from driving for 19-months, fined £120 with court costs totalling £115, the judge offered him the drink driver’s rehabilitation course, and this could reduce his ban by 19-weeks.

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