Car in ditch driver was almost double the limit

PUBLISHED: 12:08 11 May 2006 | UPDATED: 13:27 04 May 2010

DRINK driver Garry Tenney gave a breath test reading almost double the legal alcohol limit after crashing his car into a ditch at Soham. Police were called to the accident along The Shade just after 8pm on April 30, and found Tenney s silver Vauxhall Cors

DRINK driver Garry Tenney gave a breath test reading almost double the legal alcohol limit after crashing his car into a ditch at Soham.

Police were called to the accident along The Shade just after 8pm on April 30, and found Tenney's silver Vauxhall Corsa resting in the ditch.

An ambulance was attending to 26-year-old Tenney, of Carey Close, Ely, but he was not injured, Ely magistrates were told on Thursday.

Tenney told police he had drunk one Jack Daniels with cola, his speech was slurred and his eyes were glazed, said prosecutor Yetunde Fawehinmi.

He failed a roadside breath test, and at Parkside Police Station in Cambridge he gave a reading of 61 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.

"He was remorseful and told police he didn't realise he was over the limit," she added.

Representing himself in court, Tenney said: "I should have known better, I have got to put my hand up.

"I had only had one drink, but I had a lot the night before, I just didn't realise."

He was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £200 with £75 costs.

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