A FOOTBALL fan has been banned from driving for a year after being caught over the limit the day after he had been drinking.
Graham Bell had been out to watch a football match, had nine hours sleep and then got up to drive to work the following day.
But depsite the 63-year-old saying he felt “fine” he was pulled over by police in York Road, Hartlepool, and was found to have 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Prosecuting, Lorraine Cooper said: “It was 6.45am when a police car and a bus were waiting at the traffic lights in York Road, at the junction with Park Road, facing Stockton Road. A red Vauxhall Astra overtook the bus and the police vehicle, and pulled across in front of the police car. The lights changed to green and the Astra moved off again.
“Due to the manner of driving, police stopped the vehicle and it was apparent the driver had been drinking.”
Forklift truck driver Bell, of Arkley Crescent, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty drink driving on April 29.
He represented himself in court and said he had been driving for 40 years and had just one speeding ticket in that time.”
He said: “I’d been out to watch the football, gone home and gone to bed for nine hours and I thought I was clear.”
Chairman of the bench Martin Slimmings banned Bell from driving for 12 months, fined him £380, and ordered him to pat £85 costs and a £38 victim surcharge.