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Chivenor marine caught nearly three times over drink drive limit

By NDJSophie  |  Posted: September 10, 2013

A MARINE who was almost three times the drink drive limit has been ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for two years.

Stephen Harris, who is based at RMB Chivenor, pleaded guilty to drink driving at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Ben Winzer, for the prosecution, told the court how Harris was stopped by police in Braunton just after midnight on August 15, when he stalled at a set of traffic lights.

The court heard he was clearly under the influence of alcohol when police approached him, and in custody he recorded 99 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Tony Dart, for the defence said his client had gone out to buy some more alcohol to help him sleep.

He said: “In true military form, my client has accepted that he has done the wrong thing.

“All sensible individuals can have daft moments and this is one of his, he is very sorry.”

Harris was disqualified from driving for 24 months and ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £60 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

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