This article was published on March 27, 2013 and information contained within may now be out of date.
A Spilsby man who took his sister’s car without permission, drove it while over the alcohol limit.
James Cope, 25, of Willoughby Drive, admitted driving with excess alcohol, driving without insurance and taking the vehicle without the owner’s consent.
Skegness Magistrates Court was told that on February 24 Cope was seen by police to drive through a red light and they stopped him in Berry Way, Skegness.
After a positive breath test he was found to have 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Cope, who was not represented, told District Judge Toms that his actions had been ‘very stupid’.
“I have let my friends and family down,” he said.
The judge told Cope he had been ‘incredibly stupid’ but she recognised the fact that he had obtained work in Italy and would be leaving shortly.
Cope was disqualified from driving for 20 months but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course which would reduce the length of disqualification by five months.
He was also fined a total of £140 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.