Lorry driver will lose job and home after drink-driving

Court news.
Court news.

A Boston lorry driver will lose both his job and his home after he made the decision to drive home after a night out rather than stay in a caravan that had been arranged for him.

Michael Lovewell, 41, of Lealand Way, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before magistrates in Skegness last Tuesday.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said police saw him driving erratically in his Volvo car along the A158 at Skendleby at 2.30am on June 7.

He was stopped and after giving a positive breath test, he was arrested.

He subsequently gave a reading of 69 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said Lovewell had been celebrating a birthday with friends and had planned to stay with some of them in a caravan.

He said they got back there at about midnight and he had hoped to go to sleep, but the others had different ideas and were so noisy he decided to drive home at about 2am.

Mr Holt said that Lovewell thought he would be alright to drive as it had been several hours since he had had a drink.

He said Lovewell was an HGV driver who had been dismissed by his employer as a result of his offence, but he also lived in a caravan on his employer’s site and he would have to leave that too.

Lovewell was disqualified from driving for 18 months but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course which would reduce the period of disqualification by four months.

He was also fined £125 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.