Drink driver drove 400 yards home from the pub

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A driver was caught over the limit while driving his car home just 400 yards from the pub, a court heard.

Oliver Playfair, 23, was stopped by police at just before midnight on February 6 while driving his home on Chapmangate, Pocklington.

East Riding magistrates heard how a roadside breath test revealed he had 59 mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mg.

Prosecuting, Colette Dixon said officers “had cause to stop the vehicle.” She said Playfair was taken to Bridlington Police Station where he was formally charged at 1.20am the next morning.

Defending, Stephen Munro said Playfair had parked up in the pub and met his brother earlier that day, and had originally walked home several hours earlier.

But he had returned to collect his car because he needed it for work the next day and because the management lock the car park at night, said Mr Munro.

He added: “He didn’t believe he was over the limit. He felt ok. It was an error of judgement. It was a very short distance and he didn’t come into contact with any other cars.

“He lives 400 yards away from where the pub is.”

The court heard that Playfair, who is the manager of a car wash, will now have to catch the bus to work following his driving ban.

Chairman of the bench Mr Raymond Guthrie said: “We note it was a very short distance so we’re going to disqualify you for the minimum 12 months.”

Playfair was also fined £300 with £85 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge. He was offered the drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course which, upon completion, would reduce his ban by a quarter.

The name of the pub was not given in court.