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Banned drink driver took nap in lay-by

A banned driver who took a nap in a car on a busy Cambridgeshire motorway while over the drink limit has been jailed.
Peterborough Magistrates' Court

Jamie Pollington was found by police in a Vauxhall Corsa at 5.20pm last Saturday on a stretch of the M11.

He was arrested and blew 53 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

At Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday, he appeared via videolink from Thorpe Wood Police Station to plead guilty to drink-driving and driving while disqualified.

The court was told he had a past record for both offences.

Andy Cave, mitigating, said the car was not his client’s but a work colleague’s who had decided to stay in Peterborough because he’d been drinking.

Mr Cave added: “My client agreed with him that he was going to take the car because he wanted to get back home to see his family.

“The reason he pulled over was because he’d been working really hard and was tired.

“He thought it better to pull over and rest rather than fall asleep at the wheel.”

District Judge Ken Sheraton highlighted that it had happened not far from Cambridge Services.

Pollington, of Waterlea, Crawley, West Sussex, was given 14 weeks’ custody for each offence, to run concurrently, and banned for 42 months.

He was also ordered to pay £128 victim surcharge.