Horncastle man was over drink-drive limit

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A Horncastle man, who drove while he was more than double the alcohol limit, was already under a suspended prison sentence, a court has been told.

Jonathan Doyle, 26, of Maltby Way, admitted driving with excess alcohol and with no insurance or driving licence, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told that he was in breach of a suspended 12-month prison sentence.

The sentence was imposed for 18-months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Lincoln Crown Court in January last year.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said that at 3.10am on January 23, Doyle was stopped by police driving an MG car on the A158 at Hagworthingham.

Mr Todd told the court that officers made the decision because he (Doyle) was driving too fast.

After a positive breath test, he was arrested.

Doyle also admitted that he had no insurance or driving licence.

He gave a reading of 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

In mitigation, Saleem Khan said the suspended sentence had been imposed for a dissimilar offence and invited the magistrates to deal with him there and then.

He said there had been a family argument and to get away from it, he had taken his brother’s car.

“He could have just walked away but he has shown poor thinking skills,” he said.

The magistrates ruled that all the cases should be referred to the Crown Court for sentence because of his suspended prison sentence.

He was given an interim driving ban and was allowed unconditional bail until his appearance at Crown Court.