Motorist given 17-month ban for drink-driving

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A man who was caught drink-driving has been banned from the roads for 17 months.

James Pitman, of West Avenue, Lightcliffe, was pulled over by police at the junction of Elland Road and Ripponden Old Bank, Halifax, on May 18.

Calderdale Magistrates Court heard how 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, was found in Pitman’s sample. He pleaded guilty to the charge of driving a motor vehicle when over the prescribed limit.

Jane Farrar, prosecuting, said police officers on patrol during the night had flashed Pitman to warn him his headlights were not on.

“When officers spoke to him they noticed the smell of alcohol and he gave a positive test.

He admitted he had four pints and said ‘I know it is wrong. I am sorry’.”

Pitman, 29, a man of good character who had no previous convictions, had been out for a drink after going to see his 10-year-old daughter’s commemorative plaque, said Phil Axon, defending.

“He is currently working towards setting up a foundation into research for local cases. They recently had the inquest into his daughter’s death and the cause was unknown.

“Police commented how polite and compliant he was throughout the procedure and he accepts it was wrong.”

On sentencing magistrates said he had their sympathies.

Pitman was also given a conditional discharge for two years and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.