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Thread: My story.....so far - 2 pints and over the limit!

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    Unhappy My story.....so far - 2 pints and over the limit!

    About 4 weeks ago, after a busy day where i skipped lunch I had an hour to kill before I had to do the usual kids run for football/scouts. I had been been out and about most of the day and decided to call into a pub for a quick drink.

    AT about 6.45pm, two pints later within an hour I picked up one of my kids and dropped him off at his Scouts session. Heading for home which was only a couple of miles away, I approached a van coming the other way. Just I he was about level with me a motorbike tried to overtake the van, clipped my mirror and slid off into the hedge. Luckily the guy on the bike was OK. On paper it was his fault, but we will have to see.......

    The ambulance arrived followed by the Police and having explained what happened I was invited to blow! - I Failed!

    The Police officer was a surpised as I was that I failed, and after being read my rights I was whisked off to the police station.

    At the station my breath reading was 42.

    Because of the lowish reading I was given the option of a blood test. The test was taken at 9.00pm, I was interviewed on tape, fingerprinted, photo'd, and a DNA sample taken.

    It had to be the most humiliating event in my life, but at least I wasnt handcuffed and/or locked in the cells!!!

    I have to say that the Police Officer was very understanding, very professional and was equally surprised that I had failed the breath test.

    I was bailed til the 10th June.

    A further breath test at about 10:30pm gave a pass and I was taken back to my car and allowed to drive it home.

    Anyway, 4 weeks later I have to surrender to bail at the police station tommorrow. I received a brief call from the police officer today to confirm that I was going to be there tommorrow, and when pressed he said that the blood test had come back above the limit (which i understand is 80).

    I have accepted that I will receive a ban, hopefully the minimum, but the whole sorry affair has opened my eyes to the reality of drink driving. I always though that a couple of pints was OK. How wrong can you be!!!

    I guess that not having anything to eat or drink all day was the main factor, but I hope anybody reading this can learn from my mistake. I stand to lose my Job (maybe), and if so struggle to support my wife and three kids.

    LESSON LEARNT (ALBEIT A BIT LATE) !!!!!

    I will post an update..........
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    UPDATE: Just back from the Police Station. Blood Test results were 86. Got to attend court on 30th June. I accept that I will be getting a ban and a fine.

    Will just have to see what happens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muppet View Post
    UPDATE: Just back from the Police Station. Blood Test results were 86. Got to attend court on 30th June. I accept that I will be getting a ban and a fine.

    Will just have to see what happens!
    Your story really does go to show that it takes a lot less than a lot of people may think to become a drink driver and subsequently a 'criminal'.

    I am going to sticky this thread as it shows the reality of how easy it is to become a drink driver, even with the best intentions. I think the only safe and sensible thing to do is do not drink ANY alcohol before driving. I think them two pints of lager will prove to be the most costly you will ever consume in your life.

    Best of luck with your court case, let us know how you get on.
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    Been to court today. I must admit the whole experience was not as bad as I was expecting. Having waited nearly two hours for a 15 minute hearing, I was taken into the court. I chose not to enlist the services of a solicitor and offered my own very brief mitigation/apology to the court. I did however have a brief chat with the duty solicitor before the case.

    In summary I received a 9 month ban, having deducting the 3 month reduction for completing the 18 hour (over three days) alcohol awareness course. Fine was £268 plus £43 costs and a £15 surcharge. The court agreed to let me pay £100 per month.

    On another plus note, my boss was very sympathetic and we have agreed to a slight change in working arrangements for 9 months. I have to say that the possibility of losing my job was the biggest concern.

    O' well, time to move on..........., but it will be Orange juice and Coke only after April 2010 when im back on the road!
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    .....Well I am back on the road.

    Getting the licence back went without a hitch, the DVLA sent the reminder out 56 days before the end of my ban. Having completed the form and sent off the fee, my licence was back with me less than 2 weeks later. Rather surprisingly, I was pleased to see that the DVLA had not removed any of my "grandfather rights" for additional classes of vehicles.

    Overall the 9 months went very quickly despite the fact that I was using public transport during the worst winter I can remember. My employer has been fantastic about the whole thing, and I have my company car back now as well.

    Compared to some of the horror stories on here and people losing their job, house, partner etc, I consider myself very very lucky. It all seems like a horrible nightmare now, but I wont ever be driving again after drinking any alcohol.

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    My breath test also came back 42.
    I really don't know what I was thinking getting in the car! Happened 2 weeks ago and I am now waiting on blood test results ..

    I'm still young & live with my parents, they will destroy me if they find out! I really hope I don't lose my licence. All because of a moment of stupidness I've felt so low since it happened & really don't know what I'm going to do.

    On top of that, I just got a new car worth thousands of pounds. To think that I might not get the chance to drive it for a year is absolutely soul destroying.

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    Does anyone know what will happen to me?
    Will I lose my licence?

    I wasn't handcuffed & fully co-operated but spent about 4 or 5hrs in a cell then passed the breath test & got to drive away. I didn't cause any harm to anyone but I didn't have my lights on when I should have & they said I went through a red light, which I dont think is true. The roads where empty because it was late at night.

    I would rather know just now what is going to happen because I am honestly losing sleep and hair over this, lol .. please help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSw9 View Post
    My breath test also came back 42.
    I really don't know what I was thinking getting in the car! Happened 2 weeks ago and I am now waiting on blood test results ..

    I'm still young & live with my parents, they will destroy me if they find out! I really hope I don't lose my licence. All because of a moment of stupidness I've felt so low since it happened & really don't know what I'm going to do.

    On top of that, I just got a new car worth thousands of pounds. To think that I might not get the chance to drive it for a year is absolutely soul destroying.

    Does anyone know what will happen to me?
    Will I lose my licence?

    I wasn't handcuffed & fully co-operated but spent about 4 or 5hrs in a cell then passed the breath test & got to drive away. I didn't cause any harm to anyone but I didn't have my lights on when I should have & they said I went through a red light, which I dont think is true. The roads where empty because it was late at night.

    I would rather know just now what is going to happen because I am honestly losing sleep and hair over this, lol .. please help.
    Once a blood specimen has been provided then any breath specimen given will be discarded and will become irrelevant. What will happen will depend upon the results of your blood test. If the results prove you were under the legal limit then no further action will be taken, if they prove you were over the legal limit then you will be charged accordingly and will be bailed to appear at a magistrates court.

    Based on your breath reading of 42 it is likely that IF your blood test result proves you were over the limt then you will fall into the lower sentencing bracket which is band C fine and a 12-16 month disqualification upon conviction of driving with excess alcohol. You should also be given the opportunity to complete the drink driving rehabilitation course which can reduce any period of disqualification by up to 25% once completed.

    The only thing you can do is wait for the return of the blood test results.

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    Default Re: My story.....so far - 2 pints and over the limit!

    I've just been charged with being 'In charge of a vehicle and exceeding the alcool limit'. My vehicle was stationary (parked) with engine on and i was breathelized with 90 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
    I only drove 800 yards and i was going to see my young daughter who wasn't well ( my wife and i are separated).
    I'm due to the court next week.
    I have a clean criminal record and have never offended before.
    What do i risk ?

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    Once a blood specimen has been provided then any breath specimen given will be discarded and will become irrelevant. What will happen will depend upon the results of your blood test. If the results prove you were under the legal limit then no further action will be taken, if they prove you were over the legal limit then you will be charged accordingly and will be bailed to appear at a magistrates court.

    Based on your breath reading of 42 it is likely that IF your blood test result proves you were over the limt then you will fall into the lower sentencing bracket which is band C fine and a 12-16 month disqualification upon conviction of driving with excess alcohol. You should also be given the opportunity to complete the drink driving rehabilitation course which can reduce any period of disqualification by up to 25% once completed.

    The only thing you can do is wait for the return of the blood test results.
    Thanks for the reply!

    So I will lose my licence if the blood test results are 80 or above?
    I may aswell face the fact that I will

    I'm only 20, will I have to sit my test(s) all over again? I've had my licence for over 2 years ...

    If I'm told I'm going lose my licence would there be absolutely anything that I could do to prevent it?

    Thanks again.

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