A PAINTER and decorator has been disqualified from driving for nearly two years after driving with excess alcohol in Braunton.
Trevor Wilkinson, of 42 Barn Park, Wrafton, Braunton, pleaded guilty to driving a white Renault Berlingo van on November 10 while above the legal alcohol limit.
Wilkinson, 57, appeared before North Devon Magistrates' Court on Friday when the court was told he had 87 microgrammes of alcohol in a 100 millilitres of breath when breathalysed. The limit is 35.
Prosecutor David Barnes told the court police officers had pulled the defendant over at 12.15am after they had seen the van hugging the central white line and turned off Braunton Road with no signal.
Debbie Bakehouse, solicitor for the defence, said her client had had a difficult couple of months after his mother died and he had unknowingly bought a stolen car. This had caused him great upset.
Magistrates sentenced Wilkinson to a 20-month disqualification and gave him a fine of £525.