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Man who drove for cigarettes over limit
11:00am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
A DRINK-driver who went out to get some cigarettes in the middle of the night was followed by police after he accelerated away from them.
Glen Robson, aged 45, of Russell Drive, Malvern, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before magistrates in Worcester on Friday after he was stopped by police at 4.40am on July 26.
The reading was 46mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, above the limit of 35mcg.
Sarah Stock, prosecuting, said Robson was spotted driving a Ford Mondeo in Pickersleigh Avenue in Malvern.
Mrs Stock said: “The vehicle accelerated away as the police vehicle was being turned around. They thought he was trying to get away and followed him as he turned into Russell Drive.”
When he was stopped they found a bottle of vodka in the passenger seat and a small quantity was missing from the bottle.
Ruth Edwards, defending, said Robson had full custody of one of his children and weekend custody of his other two children.
She said: “On this night it was a rare occasion when he didn’t have any children at home. He had a couple of glasses of wine and a drink of whatever spirit was at his home, probably vodka.
“He went to bed but, for whatever reason, he couldn’t sleep.” He decided to go to the 24- hour garage to buy cigarettes.
The roofer was not trying to avoid the police when stopped she said.
Robbie Porter, chairman of the magistrates bench, said: “It was a momentary lapse of judgement on your part. It could have had serious consequences for you and your family. Someone could have been killed or seriously injured.”
Robson was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £180 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £25. A drinkdrive course, if completed successfully by March 10 next year, will cut the ban by a quarter.
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