Driver Escapes Jail After Fourth Drink Driving Conviction

A driver from Telford has been banned from driving for 40 months and ordered to pay a fine of £320 after being found guilty of drink driving for the FOURTH time.

James O’Keefe, 38 of Leegomery, appeared at Telford Magistrates Court earlier this month after providing a roadside reading of 73 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath at the roadside, which then rose to 80 microgrammes while he was in custody.

Kate Price, prosecuting, said: “At 3am on Sunday, March 9, officers saw the defendant in a black Honda Civic driving frantically on West Centre Way, Lawley.”

It was then that they decided to pull the car over.

Mrs Price informed the court that O’Keefe had three previous convictions for drink driving.

Representing himself, O’Keefe said: “I have no excuse, no reason. I’m guilty, I did it.”

Avoiding a custodial sentence, he was banned from driving for 40 months and ordered to pay a fine of £320, as well as a £32 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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