BT man was over limit

A BT ENGINEER on a training course in Harrogate was caught out the morning after the night before when a guest house owner tipped police off about his demeanour, the town’s magistrates were told last Thursday.

When Peter Roberts drove his company van from an address in Dragon Parade to a BT training centre across town at 8.10am on Friday October 21, police were called in.

Prosecutor Katie Varlow said the call had been made from a hotel in the road saying 51-year-old Roberts was driving in spite of being in drink.

Mrs Varlow said when police found Roberts at the training centre he claimed he had been given a lift there by a colleague. But all those on the training course denied acting as his chauffeur. And tests showed Roberts had a breath alcohol level of 48 micrograms compared with the limit of 35.

When Roberts pleaded guilty to drink-driving his solicitor Geoffrey Rogers said the father of three had gone out drinking with others on the five-day course to mark their last night in Harrogate.

It had been an unfortunate end to things for Roberts who, having been to bed and had breakfast, had not felt drunk. He had felt tired but had not thought he would be over the limit.

And although he had initially tried to suggest he had not been driving he had then ‘‘come clean’’ and offered the police full co-operation.

Mr Rogers said although BT had been kept in the picture about the court proceedings, Roberts had not been told whether or not he would lose his job. But things were looking fairly bleak as his work involved driving virtually every day.

Ordering a fine of £370 with £85 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and a 12-month driving ban, court chairman Susan Robinson told Roberts: ‘‘You find yourself in this position because of drinking the night before and not realising how much you had drunk and how much it affected you the following day.’’

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