Driver was three times over the limit

PUBLISHED: 12:48 27 July 2007 | UPDATED: 12:39 04 May 2010

A WORRIED motorist alerted the police after seeing drink-driver Michael Pollington mount the kerb and almost collide with another vehicle. Jason Dickinson followed Pollington to his home in Ely - where he made several unsuccessful attempts at parking his

A WORRIED motorist alerted the police after seeing drink-driver Michael Pollington mount the kerb and almost collide with another vehicle.

Jason Dickinson followed Pollington to his home in Ely - where he made several unsuccessful attempts at parking his mother's Rover car.

And after his arrest, 23-year-old Pollington gave a breath test reading more than three times the legal limit.

Prosecuting at Ely courthouse on Thursday, Yetunde Fawehinmi told how Mr Dickinson was so worried about Pollington's driving, that he phoned his mother, and asked her to call the police.

Officers then contacted Mr Dickinson, who relayed the details of Pollington's erratic journey.

Mr Dickinson first noticed Pollington when he hit a kerb, and decided to follow him.

Pollington was driving at speeds between 25 and 30 mph when he again hit the kerb, and his speed varied, with a top speed between 65 and 70mph, she said.

"On approaching Chettisham his vehicle braked and narrowly missed a red van," said Mrs Fawehinmi.

At Pollington's home in Barton Road, Ely, Mr Dickinson saw him try to park, and continued to watch him until police arrived. His breath test reading was 108 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Pollington told police he had earlier drunk five pints of Kronenbourg lager at the Cutter pub in Ely, and walked home.

He decided to drive to buy cigarettes, but he had no wallet and had a wasted journey.

"He is extremely aware of what could have taken place," said solicitor Jacqui Baldwin. "He has shown immense remorse, and knows what could have happened that evening."

The lab technician was banned from driving for 28 months. He was ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid community work and pay £80 costs.

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