A CAR mechanic’s business will collapse because he was caught drink driving at nearly twice the legal alcohol limit, York magistrates heard.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said police pulled Craig Andrew Clayton, 33, over outside his home because of the way he was driving.

He wasn’t insured and a breath test gave a reading of 71 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35. It was the second time in ten years he had been caught drink driving.

Clayton, of Saxon Way, Sherburn-in-Elmet, pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance and was banned from driving for three years, fined £350 and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £35 statutory surcharge.

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For him, Jackie East said he was a sole trader running a car mechanic business, but because he had to drive as part of his job, he could no longer continue it.

The car belonged to his girlfriend. who had been with him in the car and he had believed he was insured to drive it with her permission under his own insurance policy.

But unlike an earlier policy, his car’s current policy did not include a clause covering him when driving other vehicles.

Magistrates warned Clayton that he would have to provide medical evidence that he did not have a drink problem before getting his driving licence back because it was his second drink driving conviction in ten years.