A DRUNK driver was caught behind the wheel of his girlfriend’s car despite holding an expired provisional licence.
Worcester Magistrates Court heard how police were on mobile patrol on Station Road in Pershore on August 9 when they did a routine stop on a Ford Mondeo which had driven past them about 3.40am.
Officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the driver, James Rusher, of Orchard Way in Wantage, and could smell alcohol on his breath so asked him to provide a breath test.
The 25-year-old had been out with friends in Pershore where he had been to a pub and had three pints to drink before he got in the vehicle to drive home, the court was also told during the hearing last Friday (August 29).
Rusher blew 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
When he was taken back at the station it also transpired the father-of-two had no insurance or a valid licence on the Ford.
Magistrates fined Rusher £150 and handed him a 17-month disqualification for the offence of drink driving, fined him £120 for
driving with no insurance, but there was no separate penalty for driving without a valid licence.
Defending solicitor Barry Newton said: “It was in the early hours of the morning and he was staying with friends in Pershore where he had been in the pub and had three pints to drink.
“The vehicle was his girlfriends, he was not insured to drive it and didn’t have a valid licence, it was an expired provisional.
“He has no future intention to pass his driving test so doesn’t seek to be offered the drink drive course.”
Rusher was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.