A TWO-STRIKE drink driver has been banned from the roads for a further three-and-a-half years – after being caught over the legal limit the day after a booze session.
Father-to-be David Shepherd was disqualified from getting behind the wheel after he was caught drink driving for the first time in January 2012.
But on October 26, the 26-year-old, who runs a security products firm employing 14 people, was over the limit once again while driving a Ford Mondeo on the A689 in Newton Bewley, near Hartlepool.
Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “It was 10.20pm when officers followed the defendant’s vehicle because it had excessive damage to its rear bumper so officers decided to stop it.
“Officers carried out a road-side breath test and the defendant provided a positive specimen which resulted in him being arrested.”
Shepherd had 68-microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
He pleaded guilty to driving over the legal alcohol limit.
Mitigating, John Relton, said: “This was very different to the offence in 2012 when as a younger lad he came out of a pub, got into a car and drove off.
“On this occasion he’d been involved in drinking the day before. He was in bed the following day resting until 7pm and believed he was fit for driving.
“What attracted the attention of the police was not his driving, it was the damage to the bumper of the car.”
He added: “He is a man who is very much trying to put the past behind him.
“He has a company which supplies security goods and employs 14 people.
“He is also awaiting the birth of a child in the New Year.”
Chairman of the bench Elizabeth Carroll banned Shepherd, of Wright Close, Newton Aycliffe, from driving for 40 months, fined him £500, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £50 surcharge.