'Dishevelled' pensioner found on M6 was nearly twice the drink drive limit, court hears (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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'Dishevelled' pensioner found on M6 was nearly twice the drink drive limit, court hears
Updated 2:52pm Monday 30th June 2014 in News
A KENDAL pensioner who was reported walking on the M6 after drink-driving has lost his licence.
Neil Hamilton, of Castle Riggs, pleaded guilty to driving over the legal limit when he appeared at South Lakeland Magistrates’ Court.
Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said police were called to a report of a man who had stalled his car on the A590 and was ‘struggling around’ the road at 2am on June 7.
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The court heard that police could not find him initially but following a further call alerting them to the M6 they discovered the 66-year-old in a ‘dishevelled’ state on the southbound carriageway.
His Peugeot was also damaged.
A breath test revealed Hamilton was around twice the legal drink-drink limit.
In mitigation, Suzie Kavanagh said the pensioner, who works as a handyman, had drunk alcohol andtaken medication for a cold.
She added that he said it was ‘silly’ to drive the vehicle.
Hamilton was disqualified from driving for 18 months, ordered to pay a £160 fine, £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.