Driving ban for HGV driver

First published in News Craven Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

AN HGV driver admitted to police he had been drinking and driving when they attended an address in Skipton on another matter, heard magistrates.

Ian Mattack, 49, told the court on Friday his partner had just been made redundant and he too would now lose his job.

Police were called to Rombalds Drive, Skipton, at 1.30am on June 22 to deal with a long-standing dispute, the court heard.

Mattack told the officers he had driven the address and had been drinking.

He was taken to the police station following a positive roadside breath test.

He was given the option of providing a blood sample, because the reading was borderline, and it came back 84 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood; the legal limit is 80.

Mattack, of Rombalds Drive, who admitted drink-driving, said he was very remorseful and accepted he had been in the wrong.

He added that his partner had been recently made redundant and he would now lose his job as a driver, but they were both looking for work.

He was banned from driving for a year and fined £110, with costs of £85 and victims surcharge of £20. If he completes a drink drivers rehabilitation course by March 21 next year, his ban will be reduced by a quarter.

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