Drink driver’s shockingly high breath test reading a full 12 hours after boozing

A drink driver recorded a staggeringly high test reading – 12 hours after he’d finished drinking.

Peter Broderick was almost four times the legal limit when he was pulled over on the A1 at 3pm despite not having had any alcohol since the night before.

He was slammed for the "simply staggering” result as a judge banned him from the road and handed him a suspended prison sentence, reports Chronicle Live.

The 30-year-old had been on a boozy fishing trip in Bamburgh, in Northumberland, and had "drank heavily" until the early hours of the morning on January 17 this year.

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After taking a nap he decided to get behind the wheel and drive home to Richmond because the weather was getting worse.

Broderick was pulled over by police near Kingston Park and gave a reading of 137 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

The legal limit is just 35.

He was arrested and pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

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Giving him an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, District Judge Paul Currer said: "It's 3pm in the afternoon and the reading is 137 – that is shocking.

"It demonstrates a staggering level of intoxication for that time of day, given the circumstances you said you had been drinking.

"You presented a real and clear danger to other road users when impaired by that level of intoxication.”

Janice Hall, defending, said her client had no previous convictions, was hard-working and extremely remorseful.

She said: "He had gone on a fishing trip to Bamburgh and had drank heavily until the early hours of the morning.

"He slept for three hours and then spent the morning fishing.

"The conditions deteriorated and he made the decision to drive back home. He said he didn't feel drunk but there's an obvious lack of understanding about that."

District Judge Currer ordered that Broderick, of Sunbury Avenue, Richmond, did 15 hours of unpaid work and banned him from driving for 40 months.

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