BREAKING NEWS: Tattershall man banned for drink-drive offence

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A Tattershall man, who said he had not drunk alcohol for eight years, crashed his car into a

tree when he was returning from a family gathering, a court has heard.

John Bowman, 58, of High Street, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at

Skegness Magistrates Court.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said that at 12.51am on April 13, an off duty paramedic found Bowman’s Renault Scenic crashed into a tree on the A158 Tumby Road and saw Bowman walking away towards Coningsby.

Police were called and Bowman gave a positive breath test and was arrested.

He gave a reading of 41 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

He told police he had been at a family gathering in Doncaster and had thought he was OK to drivebut he had gone on a road he did not know and had had to veer when a vehicle overtook him and he had crashed into the tree.

He told the magistrates he was ‘ashamed’ at what he had done as he had stopped drinking for eight years until his wife had died earlier this year.

He was fined £250 and ordered to pay £260 in costs and charges.

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