Police caught drink-driver after tip-off

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Witnesses in a pub rang police to report that they suspected a Brandesburton man was about to commit a drink driving offence.

Police officers laid in wait for Mark Coubrough, 48, outside The Hayride, Beverley, pub for almost 50 minutes on the afternoon of May 1, town Magistrates heard.

Prosecuting, Martin Hawes said police saw him drive his black Audi out of the car park whereupon they breathalysed him and found him to have 52mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35ml.

Mr Hawes said the witnesses had seen Coubrough drinking a bottle of wine. He added: “The male had been seen to arrive in the black Audi and it was believed that he was going to leave soon and that he was going to drive. “Due to the wine he had consumed it was believed he was going to be over the limit.”

Magistrates heard it was Coubrough’s second drink-drive offence in ten years and banned him from driving for 38 months and fined him £555.

Coubrough, of Redwood Drive, Bransburton, said: “There’s nothing I can say in my defence. I went for some lunch and had a bottle of wine over a period.”

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £35 victim surcharge.

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