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Carlisle driver was over three-times the drink-drive limit

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A Carlisle driver was found to be over three-times the legal drink-drive limit after he was stopped by police officers.

Ryan Hedley, 27, was seen driving his Ford Mondeo along Georgian Way onto Spencer Street at around 4pm on 11 May.

District Judge Tan Ikram sitting at North and West Cumbria Magistrates Court was told officers watched as Hedley narrowly avoided a collision on Spencer Street.

The court was told that the defendant was unsteady on his feet and his eyes looked glazed,  he failed a road-side breath test and was arrested.

At Durranhill police station he failed a breathalyser test;  the reading was 108-microgrammes of alcohol in 100-millilitres of breath, the legal limit is 35mg, this was over 3-times the legal limit.

Hedley told the court he was drinking the night before and maybe a couple of drinks that day,  but never expected to be that much over.

The judge was told a disqualification will have potential consequences, he could lose his job.

The Judge told Hedley, of Millbank Court, Carlisle, this was not his first drink-driving offence he had one in 2013,  but, this one was a very high reading and you narrowly avoided an accident and were unsteady on your feet.

He was banned from driving for 40-months, placed on a Community Order for one-year in which he has to complete 120-hours of unpaid work, with court costs of £170.

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