Farmer considers Australia move Boston Magistrates’ Court told

AN UNEMPLOYED farmer may seek a job in Australia after being banned from the roads for driving with excess alcohol.

At Boston Magistrates’ Court, solicitor Sacha Waxman said this was one of the options being considered by her client, Lee Dobney, 19, whose conviction would have ‘a very detrimental effect’ on his prospects of finding work.

Magistrates heard that, acting on a tip-off, police had been alerted to the defendant who was arrested as he drove into the filling station at the Sutterton roundabout on the A17 to buy diesel for his Ford Ranger.

Following a breath test, he was found to have 63mcg alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mcg.

Dobney was disqualified for 15 months, fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 court costs plus the £15 victim surcharge.

Mitigating, Ms Waxman said the offence had occurred following a Young Farmers’ Club party at Alford.

Along with pals, Dobney had intended to sleep over, but was subsequently advised that this would no longer be possible.

“He was told in no uncertain terms that he and his friends had to leave,” she declared. “He had no one to call, so he made the decision to drive home carefully.”

The court was told on Wednesday that the defendant, whose father attended the hearing, was dedicated to following the family route into a farming career but no vacancy beckoned until the harvest of June next year so he might head Down Under in September.

Invited to address the Bench, Dobney, of Park Lane, Surfleet, who pleaded guilty to the offence, said: “I have been young and silly - I fully understand the seriousness of what I did.

“I apologise. I have learned my lesson and this will not happen again.”