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Driver facing wrong way on Chivenor roundabout had been drinking

By NDJNicole  |  Posted: December 08, 2013

A MAN who clipped a kerb and ended up facing the wrong way on Chivenor roundabout had been drinking.

Dale Davis, 23, of St Mary’s Road, Croyde appeared before North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to driving when his alcohol level was above the limit.

Davis failed a roadside breath test in November after police were called by a member of the public.

Mark Haddow, for the prosecution, said: “He admitted to the police that he had been at the White Lion pub.

“His mates asked for a lift and he agreed. He thinks he may have hit a puddle and aquaplaned.”

He was breathalysed and had 79 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.

David Rowe, for the defence said his client didn’t think he would be over the legal limit.

He said: “He hadn’t eaten for some time and thinks that may have affected the reading.

“He lost grip, the car clipped a kerb, he stopped the vehicle. No other vehicle was involved and no one was hurt.

“It will cause hardship to his family for losing his licence.”

Presiding magistrate Susan Lloyd said: “We recognise you co-operated throughout but it could have been so much worse.”

Davis was banned from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay £100 fine and £20 victim surcharge.