A FAMILY man who got behind the wheel while more than four times over the legal drink drive limit has been given a suspended prison sentence and 200 hours’ unpaid work.
Louis Quinn, of Victoria Road, Polegate, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Monday morning (March 8) and pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
The court heard the offence happened in the middle of the afternoon on February 22.
Police spotted 44-year-old Quinn driving erratically in Albert Road, Polegate, and saw him cut someone up at a roundabout.
He was breathalysed by the officers and gave a reading of 146mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mcg.
The court heard he had been drinking with former work colleagues in a pub in Horsebridge.
Stuart Grace, defending, told the magistrates Quinn had worked for Shep Plastics for many years and had become a director before the business went under.
Mr Grace said, “He found himself with his family and without any immediate prospects of providing for them.”
Quinn was unable to find work after his time at Shep Plastics and had to claim benefits.
Mr Grace explained he had started drinking more alcohol as a result of his problems and had voluntarily signed up with Action for Change after realising he may have a problem.
Mr Grace said Quinn accepted he had been ‘stupid’.
Magistrates banned Quinn from the road for three years and sentenced him to eight weeks in custody suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 in court costs.
Quinn was offered the chance to reduce his ban by taking the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course.