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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Cumbria firm’s boss is handed driving ban

A SUCCESSFUL business owner has been banned from the roads after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Alexy Butler, of Lake Road, Ambleside, appeared before magistrates in Kendal yesterday.

The 38-year-old, who runs The Mountain Factor, an outdoor equipment firm in Ambleside, was stopped by police in Winder Lane in Flookburgh, near Grange, on February 23 this year.

The court heard Butler was pulled over because he had not made eye contact with officers in a stationary police car when he drove past it.

He was found to have 88mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood while behind the wheel of his Porsche Cayenne.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court the legal limit was 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. Mr Paul Anthony, defending, said his client had drunk some alcohol while enjoying a meal with friends before heading towards his girlfriend’s home for the night.

He said: “He felt fully capable at the time and wasn’t aware that he was over the limit, and only marginally so.

“He tells me he has a business in Ambleside employing eight full-time staff and six part-time, and he needs to travel around the country for his work.

“This is clearly going to have a major impact on him so far as his business activities are concerned.”

Butler was banned from driving for 12 months, reduced to nine months on completion of an alcohol awareness course.

He was also fined £350 on top of £80 court costs and a victim surcharge of £35.

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