A 21-YEAR-OLD who drove the wrong way down a one-way street in the early hours of the morning was found to be twice over the legal drink drive limit.
Jak McGuire, of Santos Walk, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Monday morning and pleaded guilty to the drink driving offence.
The court heard how McGuire was stopped by police on November 20 because he was driving the wrong way down Hyde Gardens.
It was around 2am when police saw McGuire driving towards them in his small silver car.
He was alone in the vehicle but told the officers he was going to pick up friends.
He was asked to provide a roadside breath test, which he failed, before being taken to Eastbourne Custody Centre by police.
His reading was 75mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mcg.
Jay Shah, defending, said, “He has experienced deep remorse and disappointment.
“He accepts he was fortunate and it did not result in something quite dangerous.”
Mr Shah told magistrates it was ‘lucky’ the police had stopped him when they did.
The bench heard that McGuire, an electrician, said he needed his driving licence to continue his work.
McGuire addressed the magistrates directly and said, “If I walk out of here without a licence today, I’m quite sure I will not have a job until my licence is back in order.”
Magistrates imposed an 18-month driving ban and McGuire was fined £250, with a £15 surcharge and £85 in court costs.
He was also offered the drink-drivers rehabilitation course to reduce his ban by four months.