A teenager who ‘thought he had paced himself well’ at a barbecue has been banned from driving after colliding with a wall on his way home.
Joshua Teague, 19, of Clarke Court, Wyberton, originally faced Boston Magistrates’ Court pleading guilty to a charge of failing to provide a urine specimen for analysis.
However, this was changed to driving while above the limit after defence solicitor John Storer explained Teague had only been unable to provide the second of two samples required at the police station.
Prosecutor Marie Stace said that at 2.58am on July 28, police were called to a collision on the junction of Station Road and Pearl Drive, in Kirton, where a car had crashed into the wall of a property.
Teague was identified as the driver and a breath test revealed 49 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath (legal limit 35).
He was then taken to Boston Police Station where he was asked to provide a urine sample - the second of which, defence solicitor John Storer explained, he was genuinely unable to provide - even after an hour and 20 minutes.
In defence of the alcohol level Mr Storer said Teague had been to a long barbecue and hadn’t been drinking constantly. He said Teague had believed he had paced himself throughout the afternoon and evening.
At Wednesday’s hearing he presented a character reference from Teague’s employer and said a disqualification ‘unfortunately, means a potentially promising career has been stifled’ as Teague would require the ability to drive.
Magistrates gave Teague a £160 fine, and ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was also disqualified from driving for 14 months.