Romford man given suspended sentence and 250 hours’ unpaid work after pleading guilty to drink-driving

A 54-year-old Romford man has avoided jail after pleading guilty to driving while being nearly four times the drink-drive limit.

Terrance Leighton, of Brentwood Road, was sentenced on October 1 at Dartford and Gravesham Magistrates’ Court.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving, following an incident on August 25 in Beacon Drive, Bean.

Leighton drove a Mitsubishi pick-up truck and when stopped gave a breath test of 132 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

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Magistrates sentenced Leighton to 84 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified from driving for 30 months.

He must also carry out 250 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months and pay �85 costs.

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Disqualification can be reduced by 225 days if, by May 25 2014, he satisfactorily completes a course approved by the Secretary of State, the cost of which will not exceed �250.

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