Frome moped rider found to be more than double the drink drive limit
When police spoke to a Frome teenager who they had just seen riding a moped without wearing a helmet they could smell alcohol on his breath.
Thomas James Joyce confirmed he had been riding his bike and after failing a breath test was found to be more than double the drink drive limit.
The 18-year-old was charged and pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on September 21 when he appeared before Somerset Magistrates sitting at Yeovil.
Emma Chetland, prosecuting, said that police were on duty in Frome town centre at 1am when they saw the bike being ridden in North Parade and Market Place.
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"They saw that Joyce was riding without a helmet and the officers then saw him walking towards the Subway sandwich bar and spoke to him," she said.
"He confirmed he had been the rider of the moped and when the police could smell alcohol they conducted a roadside breath test which the defendant failed."
He was arrested and taken to the police station where a further test produced a reading of 73mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg of alcohol.
Joyce told the magistrates that his father had recently passed away and the family had not been coping very well and on the day in question he had been drinking.
"I was very drunk at the time and know it was stupid and what I did was wrong and I am sorry it happened," he said.
The magistrates banned Joyce from driving for 17 months and fined him £140 with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.