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Penrith drink-driver drove car on three-wheels

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A Cumbrian man has admitted drink-driving after driving his Ford Ka miles on just three wheels.

Andrew David Canelle, 56, appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to driving while above the legal limit and driving a motor vehicle in such a condition it was likely to cause injury.

On September 23, officers stopped the driver of the Ford Ka in Penrith and found the driver smelt of intoxicants, he was unsteady on his feet with slurred speech.

Canelle told the officers he had drank a couple of beers and some whisky, it is believed he drove a few miles unaware one of the wheels had no rubber tyre and was running on the metal rim.

When he gave an “evidential” breathalyser reading it showed 76mcrg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, over twice the legal limit.

District Judge Gerald Chalk was told Canelle of Mayfield, Milburn, Penrith, knew his tyre air pressure was low, however when driving he had not realised it was down to the metal rim.

He was disqualified from driving for two-years for the drink-driving offence and fined £200, for using a car in that state fined £100 with court costs totalling £115.

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