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Wigton drink-driver ignored police advice

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A Wigton man has appeared in court and admitted a charge of drink-driving.

Carlisle’s Magistrates Court heard Ashley Rudd, 26, went for a drink at a pub in Skelton near Penrith.

After police were called to an incident in the pub, Rudd asked officers if he should still drive, the court was told he was told “not to drive”.

A few minutes later officers saw him driving his Ford Transit van on the Elllonby road, he was stopped and failed a breathalyser test.

Rudd of Sun Croft, Wigton pleaded guilty to drink-driving, he gave a breath reading of 66-microgammes of alcohol in 100-millilitres on breath, almost twice the legal limit of 35.

The court was told he doesn’t normally drink, however a friend asked him to go for a drink.

Rudd is self-employed and works long hours, the court was told after his normal job he helps out at a friend’s farm, on this rare occasion he thought he would have some “down time” and had a couple of pints, he is a person that works seven days a week and gives any free time he has to helping others.

Magistrates told Rudd he was given advice by police not to drive after drinking, this he ignored, he was disqualified for 17-months and fined £900 with court costs of £85 and a victims surcharge of £90.

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