Drink driver told court that he was ‘old enough to know better’

A man told a court he was ‘old enough to know better’ when he admitted driving with excess alcohol at Covenham.

Michael Thomas Bailey, 67, of Cheapside, Waltham, admitted driving with excess alcohol on July 2 at Yarborough Road, when he appeared before District Judge John Stobart sitting at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said Bailey was stopped by police whilst driving his Mercedes at 10.30pm after a report from a member of the public about his erratic driving. A breathalyser test revealed him to have a reading of 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

He told the Judge: “I’m old enough to know better. I hadn’t eaten all day.”

Bailey was disqualified from driving for 12 months but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation scheme which would reduce the period of disqualification by three months. He was also fined £350 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £35 victim surcharge.