Dad’s 2nd ban within decade

A DAD has been banned from driving for three years after being caught drink driving for a second time.

David Higham, 30, was almost twice the drink drive limit when he was stopped driving a Vauxhall Vectra car in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on Monday: “It was 11.25pm when officers on duty had reason to stop a Vauxhall Vectra car while travelling along King Oswy Drive.

“They spoke to the defendant and officers could smell alcohol on his breath. He provided a positive road-side breath test and while in custody at Hartlepool Police Station provided two further samples with the lowest reading being 69 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.”

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Higham, who lives in King Oswy Drive, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on Sunday, February 6.

The offence comes almost a decade since Higham’s last offence for drink driving in May 2001, leaving him with an automatic three-year disqualification.

Mitigating, Ian Hudson said: “My client is 30 years of age, he’s single and in full-time employment and usually a responsible citizen. Had this been a second conviction for excess alcohol within a recent period I would concede that a community punishment order would be appropriate.

“However, it’s not, it’s right at the end of a 10 year cycle. That cycle expires in May this year. Some may say he’s unfortunate.

“He’s three months within the 10-year-limit. Out of 120 months, he’s on month 117. Just by a whisker is he less than two or three per cent inside that mandatory cycle.”

He added: “It’s a reading, although serious at 69, is not a 90.”

Chairman of the bench Monica Arthur banned Higham from driving for three years, fined him £250, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.