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Carlisle man banned for drink-driving

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A Carlisle man has been banned from the roads after police were notified that the driver of a Renault Clio might be over the drink-drive limit.

Magistrates in Carlisle were told that at around 5:20pm on March 15 officers witnessed the Clio being parked up near to Brian Thomas Roxburgh’s home, he was stopped by officers and failed a road-side breathalyser test, he was arrested and gave another breath sample at the police station at Durranhill, where he gave a reading of 101mic of alcohol in 100-ml of breath almost three-times above the legal limit of 35.

Roxburgh, 53, gave his address as Denton Mill Close, Carlisle, he pleaded guilty to the offence of drink-driving.

Peter Kelly prosecuting told the court that Roxburgh had driven a considerable distance from Gretna to Carlisle with a very high-reading of alcohol in his system.

Roughburgh “is not a well man and has difficulty in breathing a getting around” said his lawyer Rachel Dixon, he was visibly distressed and had breathing difficulties while in court today (MON).

The magistrates were told he had driven a family member from his home in Carlisle to his ex-wife’s home in Gretna, and then returned to the city.

On reflection Roxburgh realises he could have been a danger to other road users, he was depressed at the time and hasn’t had a drink for the last four-weeks, after hearing from a Probation officer about Mr Roxburgh’s personal life the magistrates imposed a one-year Community Order which includes 15-days of rehabilitation activity to include an alcohol awareness programme, also a house curfew which will be an electronic tag between the hours of 7pm to 7am for a period of two-months, he also has to pay court costs totalling £175.

A driving disqualification was also imposed for 26-months from today. He was offered the drink-driver rehabilitation course which could reduce his ban by 26-weeks.

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