DRIVING home after drowning his sorrows with friends has led to a ban and hefty fine for one motorist.
Adam Leach, of Hambleton Close, met up with pals after receiving some bad news.
Eastbourne magistrates heard that the Porsche he was driving caught the attention of police because of its speed. After the vehicle pulled over in Seaside they spoke to Leach and could smell alcohol on his breath.
He failed a roadside breath test and a later reading showed he had 89mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg. The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
Maxine Buck, defending, said, “He’s absolutely mortified to be here and very ashamed.
“He didn’t set out to commit motoring offences on that day. He received some upsetting family news and contacted some friends for consolation.
“He did drink far more than he intended to and made a dreadful error of judgement to drive the vehicle back home.
“He has his car to travel all over the country to see potential clients, he accepts he is going to have to take trains and taxis to get to out of the way places.”
Leach was banned from the road for 22 months and was told this could be reduced by five months if he completed the drink driver’s rehabilitation course.
He was also fined £500 and must pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.