Westonzoyland man sentenced for drunk driving

Andrew Reeve, aged 47, of Westonzoyland, was sentenced at Taunton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday June 22.

Reeve’s Land Rover Discovery was stationary in the middle of Fore Street, at 6pm on Saturday 3 June. The car was blocking the carriageway with its engine running, when a man came across it. The man asked Reeve, who was in the driver’s seat, to move the vehicle. Initially he refused, before moving it down the road. When asked, the defendant admitted to being drunk and the man called the police.

Officers arrived at the scene and found Reeve unresponsive still in the driver’s seat. It took three officers to lift him out and they were initially unable to rouse him. He was displaying signs of being heavily intoxicated, so was arrested and taken to hospital to be checked over.

When he was discharged from hospital and taken into custody, he recorded a reading of 125mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Reeve was sentenced to an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also handed down a 30-month disqualification from driving. In addition he was ordered to pay court costs and a victim surcharge.

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