HAILSHAM: Drink driver made to work unpaid

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A DRINK driver who mounted the kerb has been given a four-year driving ban and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Joao Castro, 39, of Observatory View, Hailsham, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Friday (September 16) and pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit.

The court heard he was spotted by another motorist to be tailgating other drivers on Eastbourne Road, Willingdon, before swerving and mounting the kerb.

When Castro came to a stop, the motorist went to check he was alright before calling the police.

A roadside breath test revealed he was over the limit with a reading of 83mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mcg.

The court heard Castro had two previous drink driving convictions.

Antony Stannard, defending, told magistrates Castro was a dad-of-two and was employed by a cleaning firm.

He said, “Usually he phones his wife to come and pick him up when he has a drink but on this occasion he has taken the wrong decision and driven home.”

Magistrates imposed a four-year driving disqualification and a 12-month community order.

Castro must complete 80 hours unpaid work and pay £85 in court costs.