Pensioner banned from driving

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A PENSIONER was banned from driving for 12 months after drinking a glass of whisky bought for him for his birthday before getting behind the wheel.

Thomas Fish, 73, was stopped by police in Sea View Terrace, Hartlepool, on the afternoon of Monday, February 20 this year.

He was taken to a police station and gave a blood sample which showed 82 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – slightly over the legal limit of 80 milligrammes.

Fish, of Derwent Grange, Hartlepool, appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he apologised for the incident.

He said he had been to a local pub to pay his subs, and a friend had bought him a glass of whisky to mark his 73rd birthday which had taken place two days earlier.

He drank the whisky along with half a pint of soda water.

Lillian Atkinson, prosecuting, said: “He provided a blood sample and the reading was 82 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.”

Fish, who was representing himself in court, said: “I am just sorry I have landed here, it is a mistake that I have made and I’m sorry.”

Fish was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

He was fined £110 and ordered to pay £40 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.