A JOBSEEKING man visiting the Selby area ended up being banned from driving for 22 months, after being found guilty of taking to wheel whilst over the limit.
Craig Armstrong, 28, had travelled from his home in Cumbria to see friends and to discover if they knew of any possible jobs in the area.
Appearing before Selby Magistrates Court on January 3, it was confirmed Mr Armstrong was stopped whilst driving a friend’s van outside the Olympia public house, Barlby Road, where he was staying, on December 17 last year.
He was found to have an alcohol reading in breath of 81mcg - the legal limit for driving being 35mcg.
Philip Brown, mitigating, said that the economic climate and lack of work had driven the self-employed groundworker to look further afield for employment.
This resulted in Mr Armstrong making the foolish decision to drive the van through the centre of Selby back to his accommodation, having already consumed alcohol.
Aswell as the ban, Armstrong was also fined £75 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.
Armstrong also agreed to take part in a drink/drive rehabilitation course to reduce the driving ban by five months.
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