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Banned: Drink driver caught while trying to change wheel in middle of the night

A man who stopped in the early hours of the morning to try to change a wheel of his car has been convicted of drink driving.


Police were called to Rugeley Road, Cannock, outside Old Youth Hostel, at 2.06am on December 5 last year where they found Augustine Waller next to his Ford Mondeo.

He was trying to change a wheel and asking for a jack so he could continue on his way to Hednesford, where he was due to meet someone.

Officers performed a roadside breath test on the 47-year-old which was over the limit, leading to his arrest. A later test gave a reading of 65 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

At Cannock Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Waller, of Weston Road, Lichfield, admitted drink-driving and was given an 18-month ban.

He was also fined £150 and ordered to pay costs of £135 and a surcharge of £60, and offered a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

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