Soldier admits to drink driving

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A SOUTH Yorkshire soldier could lose his job as an Army driver after being caught over the limit while on leave.

Jamie Davies, aged 21, of Hawksworth Road, Rotherham, is based in Germany and was due to start a tour of Afghanistan within a month.

But he took the wheel after drinking at a wedding reception in North Derbyshire.

Police on patrol stopped his Fiat Punto, which had pulled out of the Ace of Clubs car park with its lights switched off in Mansfield Road, Bolsover, at 12.25am on August 18.

Chesterfield magistrates heard he smelled of alcohol and told officers he had drunk two pints of shandy.

He failed a roadside breath test and was arrested and went on to give a reading of 58mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.

Davies admitted drink-driving. He committed a similar offence three years ago.

Presiding magistrate Grant Stothart told him: “You could lose your job. It’s a fact of life and that’s up to the Army.”

Davies was fined £265, with £85 costs, and handed a three-year road ban which will be cut to 27 months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.