A bricklayer has escaped a four month stint in prison despite breaching a suspended sentence by driving while two times over the drink drive limit.
Chay Boggis, 24, of Pilton Street, Barnstaple pleaded guilty to drink driving when he appeared before North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday. He also admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence imposed earlier this year.
Boggis was stopped by police on August 31 on Braunton Road when they saw him driving over the road’s white lines several times.
He breath test showed he had 82 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mircogrammes.
Zara Svensson, for the defence, made clear to magistrates that the defendant’s employer had said his employment was at risk if he was disqualified.
The magistrates decided not to activate Boggis’ 16 week suspended sentence.
Instead he was disqualified from driving for 20 months, sentenced to 80 hours unpaid work and his existing supervision order was extended by three months.
He was also fined £215 and told to pay a £25 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.