Off duty bus driver over the limit in Brighouse

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A bus driver has been banned from driving for 15 months.

Andrew James Briggs, 27, was off duty when he was stopped on Wakefield Road, Brighouse by officers who saw his car swerving all over the road.

He told officers he had drunk four pints, and a roadside breath test showed he had 55 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Calderdale Magistrates heard how officers had followed Briggs on March 9 after seeing his car swerving in the road.

Briggs, of the Meadows in Manchester, told the court he was swerving in the road to avoid damaging the low profile tyres on his car.

He then told the court he had been stopped twice, firstly because his car, a Vauxhall Astra, was wrongly thought to be involved in drug dealing, and again five minutes later on suspicion of drink driving.

Briggs said he had recently taken on work as a bus driver in the area, and said: “It’s all I know how to do.

“If I get banned I’ll lose my job,” he added.

As well as banning him for 15 months, Briggs was fined £250.