Alcoholic in driving seat after lapse
A RECOVERING alcoholic had lapsed back into drinking when police caught him at the wheel of his car in Frome.
When they spoke to Anthony Robert Bogan they could smell alcohol on his breath and he failed a roadside breath test.
The 54-year-old, of Nunney Road, Frome, was arrested and appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil.
He pleaded guilty to driving a BMW estate on Cork Street with excess alcohol on September 3.
Prosecutor Emma Chetland said that police were on patrol at 4.30pm on Christchurch Street West and when the defendant parked his vehicle they went over and spoke to him.
She said: "He smelt of alcohol and after being arrested was taken to the police station where a breath test produced a reading of 59mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mcg."
Bogan told the magistrates that he was a recovering alcoholic and had been sober but then regretfully had a lapse.
"In a moment of madness I drove after drinking too much alcohol, which I bitterly regret and now have to accept the consequences," he said.
Bogan added that a driving ban would make it difficult to get to hospital appointments that he was required to attend for a medical condition.
He would also now struggle to access meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous which he did on a regular basis.
The magistrates disqualified the defendant from driving for 14 months and fined him £110 with £50 towards costs and a £20 victim surcharge.