‘It was very silly’ - tyre fitter rapped in court for drink-driving

Prince of Wales Road, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Prince of Wales Road, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Magistrates have told a 19-year-old tyre fitter he was 'very silly' for driving while above the drink-drive limit.

Samuel Sayer, of Malton Close, Poringland, Norwich, pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge when he appeared in Norwich Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Victoria Bastock said on February 9 this year Sayer was stopped by police at Prince of Wales Road in Norwich as he looked visibly intoxicated.

He failed a roadside breath test, with the lowest reading recorded as 60mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Ryan Creek, mitigating, said Sayer, who works as a tyre fitter, had panicked as he wanted to get home before starting work in the morning.

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As Sayer is on the autism spectrum, Mr Creek said, he did not make decisions in the same way as those without autism.

'It was a very daft decision,' Mr Creek added.

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Chairman of the bench, Caroline Money, agreed with this comment and reprimanded Sayer for being 'very silly' given his role as a tyre fitter.

Sayer was fined £300 for the offence and was ordered to pay £85 court costs and £30 victim surcharge.

He was also banned from driving for 18 months.

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