Weighton mechanic was three-and-a-half times over the limit

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A car mechanic from Market Weighton has escaped being sent to prison after he was found to be more than three-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit.

Matthew Carter, 21, of Shipman Road, was warned by magistrates that his high breathalyser reading - 124mg in 100ml of breath - could have landed him an immediate custodial sentence.

However, after reading a pre-sentence report prepared by the probation service they decided to impose a community penalty of 200 hours unpaid work, and to ban him from driving for 29 months.

East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard that Carter was stopped by police following a night out in the pub with friends.

He couldn’t remember anything from the time shortly after he left the pub until police stopped him in his car on Cliffe Road, Market Weighton, magistrates were told.

A member of the probation service, who prepared the pre-sentence report, said: “He expressed his disgust at himself for making such a stupid mistake.”

She added: “He would like to know the person who reported the incident so he can personally thank them for bringing him to his senses.”

Chairman of the bench, Graham McDonald said: “You could have had an appalling accident and that would have stayed with you for the rest of your life.”

Carter must also pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

The legal limit for driving with alcohol is 35mg in 100ml of breath.