Tesco staff alerted police to drink driver
SUPERMARKET staff tipped off police when a customer who had downed three-quarters of a bottle of Bacardi got behind the wheel.
Stroud Magistrates' Court heard workers at Tesco in Cam could smell booze on Keith Anthony Ryder's breath and dialled 999.
Officers caught up with Ryder at his Upthorpe home and he gave a blood test reading of 161 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.
David Nicholas, prosecuting, said that in a police interview, Ryder, 73, admitted drinking three-quarters of a bottle of Bacardi mixed with cola before driving to Tesco.
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"There was a call from the Tesco store concerning a male driving a vehicle," said Mr Nicholas.
"He was seen to walk to a vehicle and drive on to the main road and appeared to have been drinking heavily. Officers went to the home address and quickly established he had been drinking."
He was arrested and taken to a Gloucester police station, where the blood test revealed he was just over twice the legal limit, on May 23.
District Judge Joti Bopa-Rai took his early guilty plea and no previous convictions into account and banned him from driving for 18 months, with a £340 fine, £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.