Worksop pensioner who only drinks low-alcohol beer caught drink driving

A Worksop pensioner was surprised to find himself over the limit because he only drinks low-alcohol beer, a court has heard.

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 7:56 pm

Harry Thompson's Mercedes was stopped on Turner Drive, Worksop, after he had been drinking in woods, on June 22, said prosecutor Sanjay Jerath.

A breath test revealed he had 45 mcgs of alcohol when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Thompson, who represented himself, said: "Because of Covid I take the car out and walk around where there are no people.

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"I am always being pushed off the pavement by prams and dog walkers.

"I don't know why I was over the limit. I don't drink wine or spirits. I only drink low-alcohol beer."

Thompson, 72, of Hillside Crescent, admitted drink driving at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Thursday.

He was banned for 12 months but he was offered a drink drive rehabilitation course which will reduce the disqualification by 25 per cent.

He was fined £446, with a £45 surcharge and £85 costs.