Frome drink driver's 40-month ban
A FROME man has been given a 40-month driving ban after being convicted of his second offence of drink driving in five years.
Police were on duty in the town when they spotted Samuel Johnathan Lake driving at night without lights.
When they pulled him over he failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.
Lake, 29, of Portland Place, pleaded guilty to driving a Vauxhall Corsa with excess alcohol at Berkley Road, Frome, on July 27 when he appeared before District Judge Lynne Matthews, sitting at Yeovil.
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Prosecutor Emma Chetland said that after speaking to the defendant the officers could smell alcohol on his breath.
"He took a roadside breath test which gave a positive result and after being taken to the police station blew a reading of 59mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath," she said. "The legal limit is 35mcg of alcohol."
Lake said that he had been offered an alcohol rehabilitation course after his first drink driving conviction but had not taken it.
District Judge Matthews refused to offer him the course a second time and said he would have to serve the whole 40-month ban in full.
She also fined him £400 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.