Birthday drinks serve up drive ban

A waiter has been disqualified from driving after he admitted driving with excess alcohol after he stayed after work to celebrate his birthday.

Nathan Philip Whitehouse, 22, whose address was given as Sandilands Golf Club in Mablethorpe, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at 3.35am on July 27 on the B1200 at Saltfleet.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said police saw Whitehouse driving his Fiat Punto car towards them at excessive speed.

They turned around and 
followed him down a lane that led to the sea where they stopped the vehicle and, after a positive breath test, he was arrested and taken to the police station.

He gave a reading of 103 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

The court was told on Tuesday, October 2, Whitehouse had been working the night before as a waiter and had stayed to celebrate his birthday and was on his way home when he was stopped.

In defence, Dave Clapham said Whitehouse was under the impression that two pints was ok.

“It’s not ok,” he said.

Whitehouse was fined £150 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and £15 victim surcharge.

He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months but was offered the drink drivers’ 
rehabilitation course which would reduce his period of 
disqualification by three months.