Alcohol reading from drink-driver was highest magistrate had ever seen
A MOTORIST who was caught drink-driving twice in nine days had the highest alcohol reading a magistrate had ever seen.
David Dennis, 53, of Charles Avenue, New Waltham, admitted drink-driving on June 3 and 12.
Debbie Sanders, prosecuting, told Grimsby magistrates that Dennis was stopped in Trinity Road, Cleethorpes, after 6.50pm because of the poor positioning of his car and its speed of only 15 to 20mph.
He smelt of alcohol and a breath test revealed he had 181mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, more than five times the legal limit of 35mcg.
While he was on bail, the same policeman spotted him again, this time in Peaks Parkway, Grimsby, at 10.30am.
Dennis gave a breath test reading of 86mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
Presiding magistrate Margaret Ambler said of the first offence: "He's got the highest reading I have ever seen in this court.
"I'm surprised he's still alive."
Andrew Havery, mitigating, said Dennis had serious alcohol issues but no previous convictions.
"It was also the highest alcohol reading Mr Havery had seen.
Dennis told the court: "I have sold the car."
Sentence was adjourned until July 17 for reports and Dennis was given an interim driving ban.