Drink driver uses spare set of keys to drive home

A DRINK-DRIVER who had his car keys confiscated by police used a spare set to drive home anyway, a court heard. Last week Huntingdon Magistrates Court heard how Paul Ryan, 60, told officers I thought this might happen when he was arrested at his home i

A DRINK-DRIVER who had his car keys confiscated by police used a spare set to drive home anyway, a court heard.

Last week Huntingdon Magistrates' Court heard how Paul Ryan, 60, told officers "I thought this might happen" when he was arrested at his home in Buckden.

Prosecutor Andrew Williams told the court how police had at first given Ryan the benefit of the doubt when they spotted him in his car on September 7.

Mr Williams said: "Officers approached the defendant while he was sat in the driver's seat of his car in Godmanchester in the early evening.

"His car keys were confiscated and he was told to collect them in the morning."

Despite the warning, Ryan tried to collect his keys from the police station later that evening but officers refused to hand them over, the prosecutor said.

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CCTV cameras then spotted Ryan's Rover driving on The Causeway in Godmanchester and police later found him outside his home in Church Street, Mr Williams said.

Representing himself, Ryan said: "I have no excuses. I guess it must have been a moment of temporary insanity. I know I did wrong and I accept the consequences."

Magistrates banned Ryan from driving for two years, ordered him to complete 80 hours of unpaid work and ordered he pay £60 in court costs.

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