Banned drink-driver, 64, caught near Royal Navy base in Portsmouth spared jail over 70-mile trip while over the limit

A DRINK-DRIVER has been spared prison after being caught over the limit near Portsmouth Naval Base - while banned from the roads.

Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 12:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 12:29 pm

David Fuller, 64, was stopped in Princess Anne Way, Portsmouth, on September 12, while driving a grey Iveco vehicle.

A test revealed he had 47 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.

At Portsmouth Magistrates' Court he admitted driving while banned and drink driving.

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Magistrates imposed a 12-week jail sentenced suspended for a year.

Magistrates outlined their reasons for his suspended jail term.

They said: 'This offence was committed only a short time after the disqualification was imposed when the defendant was under the influence of alcohol.

‘He drove a long distance of about 70 miles.

‘He was also driving a commercial vehicle in the course of his employment. The imprisonment is suspended because the defendant has sought to address his alcohol problem on a voluntary basis.’

Fuller, of Cope Court, Maidenhead in Berkshire, was banned again for 40 months.

He must completed a nine-month alcohol treatment programme and 15 days' rehabilitation activities.

Fuller must pay a £122 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.