A DRIVER has been banned from the road for three years after failing a breath test the morning after a night out with friends. Sam Morphett, 21, had slept for eight hours and eaten a cooked breakfast at Wetherspoons but still tested over the limit when he was stopped by police just before 9am on February 1, as he drove his Peugeot 207 out of the Sturry Retail Park at Sturry Road. Prosecuting, Neil Sweeney said he was found to have 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35. He said:
“He smelt of alcohol and his eyes were glazed but he told police he had not had a drink since midnight.”
Morphett, who was living in Blenheim Close, Herne, at the time of the incident, admitted drink-driving when he appeared at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on Friday. He gave his current address as Station Road, Sittingbourne. The court heard Morphett had lost his licence for a year in 2010 after admitting drink-driving and this time had arranged to leave his car at a friend’s house and stay overnight. Defending, Christopher Wray said he had been careful to avoid the temptation of driving while drunk. He said:
“With the previous matter he had been out drinking and got into a car and drove. This time he arranged to leave his car at his friend’s and stay there so there was no risk of alcohol affecting his judgement. He had eight hours sleep, got up with his friends and they all went to Wetherspoon for breakfast then he decided to go home. He felt perfectly fine, he had no idea the amount he drunk would have meant he was over the limit the following morning.”
Morphett, who works at SNF Fabrication and needs to drive for his job, was banned for three years, fined £360 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £36 victim surcharge. He can reduce his ban if he completes a drink-drive awareness course.
Herne Bay Times, March 6th 2014