Man drove wrong way on A614 while drunk

Mansfield Magistrates Court
Mansfield Magistrates Court

A Farnsfield man who was caught driving the wrong way on the northbound carriage of the A614 while drunk has been disqualified.

Michael Holmes, 26, of Green Vale, admitted driving with 54 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 35 microgrammes when he was tested by police on March 11 on Old Rufford Road, near Bilsthorpe.

Marjorie Kirkham –Smith, prosecuting, told the court that onlookers managed to take his keys from him before there was an accident.

District Judge Jonathan Taaffe said: “You were driving the wrong way up a major highway with vehicles coming towards you.

“It is only by the grace of God that you didn’t kill yourself, or God forbid, other people.

“It beggars belief that you found yourself in this situation. The fact is you have been extremely fortunate.”

He was disqualified for 22 months and told to pay court costs and a victim surcharge.