Magistrates in Carlisle have heard from a lorry driver who said “these are the most expensive cigarettes l have ever had”.
Stephen William Glaister, 57, of Margaret Creighton Gardens, Carlisle pleaded guilty to drink-driving
The court heard how Glaister drove his Suzuki Alto from home to buy some cigarettes, police received a telephone call from a member of the public saying he might be driving under the influence, when officers arrived at his home they asked if he had been drinking and driving.
He failed a breathalyser test, he had 65mcrg of alcohol in 100ml of breath almost twice the legal limit of 35.
The court was told the defendant feels “he is now on the scrap heap” he has lost his driving job, he is disabled, and that’s why he drove a short distance to the shop, he is not in a good point his life said John Smith defending.
The court was told police never witnessed him driving, but he admitted drink-driving to officers.
Glaister was disqualified from driving for 18-months with a fine of £120 and court costs of £85 plus a victims surcharge of £30, he was offered the drink-drivers rehabilitation course which could reduce his driving ban by 18-weeks.