Brinklow man banned from driving for 17 months

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A drink driver under threat of redundancy who was in a late night crash has been banned for 17 months.

Banker Zachary Oliver Bevins was driving a Land Rover Freelander on Coventry Road, Pailton, when it was in an accident with a Citroen, magistrates heard.

Twenty-year-old Bevins, of Colledge Close, Brinklow, appeared before Nuneaton court on Tuesday and admitted driving with excess alcohol on November 8.

Prosecutor Colin Heald said the Freelander was involved in an accident with the Citroen at about 11.30pm. The driver was treated at the scene.

Bevins had 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, 27mc over the legal limit.

He was fined £460, disqualified from driving for 17 months, and told to pay £85 court costs and £46 victim surcharge. The driving ban will be reduced by 17 weeks if he completes a drink-driver rehabilitation course by October 27 2014.

Mitigating, Musla Ahmed said Bevins had not intended to drink after work.

But, he added: “He had only been told two or three days before he was going to be made redundant form Barclays in Coventry. He had been working there for nearly a year.

“He had three pints of Guinness over about three hours.”

Mr Ahmed said shortly before the crash a vehicle overtook his client’s Freelander “at speed” just before a bend.

“It was a quiet road. He remained at the roadside.”

Mr Ahmed said Bevins was a personal banker for Barclays. “He had recently been told he was going to be made redundant and his mother – who works at the same place – is also to be made redundant.

“He has been offered work in January with Santander at Narborough in Leicester [but] I suspect his life will be on hold because of the ban.

“I understand Barclays have offered him another job in Coventry at Westwood Heath.”

The driving ban would have “a huge impact” on Bevins personally and on his family, said Mr Ahmed.