Trip to the sea proves costly for Hunmanby driver

A HUNMANBY man has been banned from driving for 18 months after being more twice the legal limit.

David Alan Hetherington, 50, of Hungate Court, pleaded guilty at Bridlington Magistrates’ Court to driving over the legal alcohol limit on December 1.

Prosecuting, Heather Levitt told the court Hetherington’s Ford Fiesta was stopped in Scarborough Road, in Bridlington, after police had witnessed it “driving in an unusual manner”.

Police gave Hetherington a breath test, which gave a reading of 73 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Mitigating, Richard Fowler said Hetherington had driven to Bridlington for a day out with a friend, who had planned to drive him back home.

However, when the Hetherington lost his friend, according to Mr Fowler, he decided to travel home alone despite knowing he had been drinking to pick up some medication that he needed.

He admitted it was a “silly decision”.

Hetherington was banned for 18 months by presiding magistrate Martin Dodgson.

However, Mr Dodgson offered him a driving rehabilitation course which, if Hetherington agrees to takes up, could reduce his ban by four months.

He was also fined £100 and £85 court costs.