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Company director caught drink-driving

Thatcham man was almost three times the legal limit when stopped by police

John Garvey

Reporter:

John Garvey

Court

A COMPANY director was caught driving after drinking nearly three times the legal limit.

Police became concerned about the driving of Colin Hyland, who runs an electrical appliance testing business from his home in Magpie Close, Thatcham, Reading magistrates heard on Thursday, November 10.

Ben May, prosecuting, said officers watched as the driver of a Ford Escort van kept switching the lights from full beam to normal.

In addition, the court heard, it appeared as if the driver’s foot kept slipping off the accelerator.

When officers stopped the vehicle and spoke to Mr Hyland, said Mr May, they smelled alcohol on his breath.

Tests subsequently showed 94mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

The legal limit is 35mcg.

Mr Hyland, aged 49, admitted driving after drinking more than the legal limit in Paynesdown Road, Thatcham, on October 11.

Mike Davis, defending, said that the inevitable driving ban would adversely affect both his business and his family.

District judge Shoman Khan told Mr Hyland: “People that drive having consumed about three times the limit put other road users at risk.

“In this case, ultimately, no one was hurt, so I can deal with you by a community sentence.”

Mr Hyland was made subject to a 12-month community order with 40 hours’ unpaid community work requirement.

In addition he was ordered to pay £85 costs plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £85.

Finally, he was banned from driving for 16 months.

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