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Gloucestershire drink drivers arrested during police campaign appear in court

By CitizenNews  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

By Lisa Jones

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Seven drink drivers arrested during the police’s Christmas crackdown have appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court.

They all admitted drink driving yesterday.

Full-time carer Philip Montague Bannister was banned from driving for 15 months by the magistrates.

The 69-year-old, of Clayfurlong Grove, Kemble, was arrested on December 8, after police followed his Vauxhall Agila from his local Tesco, in Kingsmeadow.

Prosecutor Sharon Jomaa said: "He was stumbling and almost falling over when he got out of the vehicle."

A breath test revealed he had 73mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath - the legal limit is 35. He was also fined £75 and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Richard Jennings, 51, of St Margaret's Terrace in Cheltenham, was arrested at the site of where a new services are being built off the M5 on December 7. His car became stuck in mud and police were called after security guards became concerned.

A test revealed he had 83mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Mr Jennings, who defended himself, said he had been out for the night and felt he was ok to drive. He also admitted driving without a valid licence.

Jennings was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £525, and told to pay £85 costs and a £52 victim surcharge.

Polish Kitchen firm worker Grzegorz Franczuk, 33, of Goldfinch Walk, Brockworth, was arrested on December 5, as he was driving his silver Peugeot 106, on Bristol Road, Gloucester.

He had 62mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath.

He was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £250 and told to pay £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

Agency worker Paul Cox, 46, of Carters Way, Nailsworth, Stroud, was stopped by officers on December 6, as he drove his Ford Mondeo along Nortonwood Forest Green.

He registered 49 mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Cox was banned from driving for 30 months and told to pay £305 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge.

Single mother Michelle Kirkman, 41, of Waterside Close, Quedgeley, was arrested on December 8, after hitting a parked recovery vehicle at Millers Dyke.

She registered 55mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Kirkman also admitted driving without due care and attention.

She was banned from driving for 14 months, fined £300 and told to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Simonas Jovaisa, was banned for 20 months, with a £250 fine, £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

The Lithuanian, 25, of Spa Road, Gloucester, was arrested on December 8 after police stopped his silver Mercedes car near his home.

He admitted having 83mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Gan Kodrac, 32 and of Juniper Avenue in Matson, was adjourned to reappear before Magistrates on January 30.

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  • emseaell  |  January 24 2014, 7:11AM

    Douglasknows when report is not working, copy and paste spam and send to comments@localworld.co.uk I often do this as well as the report as I hope eventually if I and others keep on the Citizen will do more to bar it. I assume you are on about " my sisters grt Aunt etc earning money on the computer" I would think all from same email address under different names

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  • Douglasknows  |  January 23 2014, 11:51AM

    Well done local Police, keep up the good work. ps, could the editor remove the stupid comment below as report doesn't seem to do any thing.

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