HERNE BAY: A man has been banned from the road for 18 mouths after he pleaded guilty to drink driving. When police saw Daniel Orchard, of Canterbury Road, speed by them in his Ford Galaxy on April 4, they stopped him and could smell alcohol on his breath. The 30-year old failed a roadside breath test where he was stopped in Sea Street and again later at the police station. Police found he had 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes. Representing himself when he appeared before the bench at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on Friday, May 2, Orchard said:
“I have had a clean licence for ten years and I shall suffer not having it. I have a family and I am a house husband. I use the car for the school run and taking my wife to work. I had a drink in the afternoon and didn’t think I would be over the limit.”
Orchard was disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered toy £110 fine, £85 towards court costs and £20 victim surcharge.
Herne Bay Times, May 14th 2014