Man banned and fined for drink-driving

By Beth Sharp Thursday 05 December 2013 Updated: 07/12 12:06

A BROMSGROVE man has been disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £625 for drink-driving.

Timothy John Harbon, 27, of Forge Avenue, pleaded guilty at Redditch Magistrates Court on Tuesday (December 3) to driving from Rose Hill to Warren Lane on November 12 when twice over the legal limit.

Harbon was found to have 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres in his breath when he was given a roadside test by police who had followed him home after noticing his erratic driving.

The defence said Harbon used to park his car on Fiery Hill Lane next to Barnt Green Station everyday before catching the train to Birmingham where he works as a graphic designer.

He added Harbon had been out for after work drinks and, by the time he had arrived back at Barnt Green Railway Station, 45 minutes had passed since his last drink and he felt fine and thought he was okay to drive.

The defence also said Harbon had considered walking home but the last time he left his car parked there overnight it was vandalised so he made the bad choice to risk the drive home.

The bench said because he pleaded guilty in a timely manor and as he had previously been of good character he would receive a reduced fine of £500 which would have been £600 if he had not pleaded guilty.

Harbon was also ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge and £85 in costs, as well as the fine and the ban.

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