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Row with girlfriend led to drink driving offence
A ROYAL Navy veteran who was almost twice twice the drink drive limit has been banned from the roads for two-years.
Martin Widdall, 32, was caught after a member of the public reported seeing him stumbling towards his car in Darlington during the early hours of October 3, the town's magistrates were told.
When officers stopped him, Widdall failed a roadside breath test and a further test at the police station revealed he had 93mg of alcohol in his breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
He represented himself in court and pleaded guilty to drink driving.
Magistrates heard Widdall, of Stephenson Street, Darlington, had no previous convictions and had worked for his father’s double glazing firm after leaving the Royal Navy until the company folded earlier this year.
On the night he was caught, he had been out with an old army friend but rowed with his girlfriend when he got home which led to him driving off.
Magistrates banned him from driving for 24-months and ordered him to pay a total of £215 in fines and costs.