Horncastle man drove while ‘three times’ over drink limit

Skegness Magistrates' Court
Skegness Magistrates' Court

A Horncastle man, who drove his car while he was more than three times over the alcohol limit, has been banned from driving for 28 months.

Karl Renner, aged 43, of Foundry Street, admitted driving with excess alcohol on the A157 near Kenwick Park, Louth, when he appeared 
at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police went to a lay-by on the A157 at 8.30pm on May 18.

They discovered Renner trying to change the wheel on his Vauxhall Zafira car.

He was given a breath test, which was positive, and he was arrested.

At the police station, he gave a reading of 117 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35.

Renner, who was not represented, told the magistrates that he had been suspended from work pending the outcome of the case.

“I regret what I’ve done,” he said.

He also told the magistrates that he was going through Alcoholics Anonymous and DART in order to reduce his drinking.

The magistrates disqualified Renner from driving for 28 months.

They offered him the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, which would reduce the period of disqualification by seven months.

He was also given a 12 month community order with supervision.

Magistrates also imposed a ‘requirement’ to undertake some form of alcohol treatment.

They told Renner he would have to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work for the community.

He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.