A LONDONER has been banned from driving for nearly two years after being caught drink driving in Ilfracombe.
Jason Kerr, 38, was pulled over in Wilder Road on August 10, when a breath test found he had 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.
He admitted drink driving when he appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, told the court how Kerr only held a provisional licence and had been pulled over when a police officer spotted a Toyota Prius being driven erratically.
She said Kerr had become “argumentative” when pulled over, breathalysed and handcuffed.
But Zara Svensson, for the defence, said Kerr had only argued with police officers when he was in pain.
She said: “He suffers from a compressed nerve in his spine and being put in certain positions cause him considerable pain.
“He argued because he was handcuffed with his hands behind his back and wanted to be cuffed in front.
“I’m sure officers hear stories like that a lot, but in his case it was true.”
She also told how railway store operative Kerr, who is currently going through divorce proceedings, was compliant once in a more comfortable position.
Presiding magistrate Jane Kivlin fined Kerr £250, ordered him to pay £50 costs, a £25 victim surcharge and imposed a driving ban of 20 months.