40-month ban for Horncastle drink-driver

Skegness Magistrates' Court ENGEMN00120121030115555
Skegness Magistrates' Court ENGEMN00120121030115555

A Horncastle man has been banned from driving for 40 months after appearing in court for the third time in seven years for driving with excess alcohol.

John Loveday, 46, of The Wong, admitted driving with excess alcohol – and with no driving licence – when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Mark Salt, prosecuting, said Loveday was stopped by police on November 13 at 7.20pm. He gave a reading of 51 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

He said Loveday had similar convictions in 2008 and 2011.

In mitigation, Carrie Simpson said her client had been given a suspended prison sentence for the offence in 2011.

She said: “He fully accepts he has a drink problem.” She added Loveday had to have a drink before going to court that morning.

She said he wanted to register with ‘Addaction’, an alcohol and drugs rehabilitation organisation.

Loveday was fined £625 and ordered to pay a further £297 in costs and charges.