Pub chef was over the limit

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The chef at a Boston pub has appeared before a court after being found to be drink-driving while on the way home with his wife.

Paul Topliss, who works at the Ball House at Burton Corner with hs wife, was found to be over the limit when he was stopped while driving to his Hospital Lane home on September 27, a court heard.

The 31-year-old admitted the offence when he appeared before Boston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said he was stopped in the early hours as police were carrying out routine checks. He was arrested after failing a roadside breath test and later found to have a reading of 90 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Sacha Waxman, defending, said Topliss had been out with a friend when his wife had called to ask him for a lift home from work. She said they both went to the pub and he had one ‘fatal’ pint before driving home, adding: “He is genuinely remorseful and was genuinely of the opinion that he was ok to drive.”

Magistrates banned him from driving for 12 months, and fined him £300.

The chef also has to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.