Ex-policeman banned after admittingdrink-drive charge
A north Northumberland man has been banned from getting behind the wheel for a year after admitting a charge of drink-driving.
Spencer Tolley, 43, of Shellacres Farm Cottages, near Tillmouth, was stopped while driving an Audi on the A698 at Cornhill, on August 19.
He provided a positive breath test of 58mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
The ex-policeman, who now offers services specialising in all aspects of game, fishing and shooting, pleaded guilty when he appeared at Berwick Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.
The court heard that he had been out for a meal and drinks at the Collingwood Arms in Cornhill.
“He had been there for some time for a leisurely meal and a few drinks, including soft drinks,” his solicitor told magistrates.
“It really highlights the risk of judging because a different person on a different day may have given a different result.
“He is very ashamed and extremely remorseful and will never drink again if he is going to drive.”
He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge. His driving disqualification will be cut to nine months on completion of a rehabilitation course.