Man drove after being given lager after funeral

A 72-year-old Louth man who had been attending a funeral wake, was found to be almost twice the alcohol limit, Skegness Magistrates Court has been told.

Rodney Page of Normandy Close admitted driving with excess alcohol in Normandy Close on March 14.

The court was told police were informed that someone had been drinking in a town pub and then driven in a car, so they stopped him as he arrived at his home where he failed a breathalyser test.

He gave a positive reading of 68 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

In defence, Andrea Wilkes said Page had been to a funeral and then on to a pub.

He said he had all his drink bought for him and had thought he was on alcohol free lager but in fact lager with alcohol had been bought for him although he did not feel any effects.

She said Page was unlikely to drive again as he was worried about his eyesight.

The magistrates imposed a £110 fine and ordered Page to pay costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

He was also disqualified from driving for 20 months but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, which would reduce his period of disqualification by five months.