IT consultant banned for drink-driving

AN IT consultant was arrested for drink-driving after police wrongly believed he was at the wheel of an uninsured vehicle, magistrates at Harrogate were told.

The court heard how David Devine had been taking his Audi A4 into a Pannal garage for repairs to be carried out. As he headed along the A61 he drove past a police vehicle which was checking registration plates and the car registered as not having insurance.

Prosecutor Kathryn Reeve said when police breathalysed 53-year-old Devine in Station Road, Pannal, he was over the limit. And a blood sample tested later showed an alcohol level of 100 milligrams compared with the limit of 80.

When Devine, of Crag View Cottages, Crag Lane, Huby, pleaded guilty to drink-driving his solicitor Andrew Tinning said three penalty points on his licence many years ago had been the extent of his interaction with the law.

He had drunk two pints of beer after work on November 3 and had been taking his car into a Pannal garage intending to leave it overnight for repair while his partner followed him so she could drive him home.

Mr Tinning said the only reason officers had intervened had been because the police national computer indicated Devine had no insurance. ‘‘We have all seen police vehicles on Leeds Road waiting to see it anybody comes past that way. But he had renewed his insurance and the company had been somewhat remiss in updating their records and therefore those of the police.’’

Devine was fined £750 with £85 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and a 12-month driving ban.