Corner-shop owner banned from driving

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

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A corner-shop owner who said his livelihood was in jeopardy because of a drink drive charge has been banned from the road for three years.

Surjan Singh Johal (51) of Park Street, Kirkby, admitted a charge of driving while under the influence.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told how Johal had been spotted getting out a white Transit van next to a bookmakers on Station Street and stumbling as he walked.

A call was made to the police and Johal was breathalysed.

He blew a reading of 64 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath.

The legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Johal was without legal representation during the hearing, after saying he could not afford a solicitor.

He added: “I fully regret making this mistake and this will affect my life and my family.

“We are already struggling because of supermarkets opening, and my livelihood will be finished.”

Despite admitting the charge, and saying he just wanted to get the case over with, he insisted that had only been drinking vodka that he had with him after he had got out of the van at the bookmakers.

He said that he had only had one can of beer prior to driving.

The clerk of the court insisted that he speak with the duty solicitor.

But after returning to court, he still insisted on putting forward a guilty plea.

He was also fined £100 and made to pay £85 costs and an £80 surcharge.