Lying Devon man gets drink-drive ban

A Devon man caught drinking and driving lied to police by claiming another man had been driving his car, Exeter magistrates have heard.

Stewart Priddle, 34, from Huntersway, Culmstock, told police a man called Ben had been driving the vehicle who ran off when he saw police.

Agricultural contractor Priddle was arrested on 7 October.

The court heard he was nearly three times over the legal limit. Priddle received an 18-month driving ban.

He was returning from a pub and was driving his Toyota Hi Lux when police arrested him, the court heard.

'Dreadfully ashamed'

Priddle, a former special constable, later admitted drinking and driving, and defence lawyer, Stephen Nunn, said the account about another man driving his vehicle had been "fiction".

Mr Nunn said of Priddle: "He is dreadfully ashamed."

Priddle's reading was 102 micrograms of alcohol in his breath, the legal limit is 35.

He was banned from driving for 18 months, ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work and must pay £85 in costs.

Correction 26/10/11: This story was amended to make it clear that Stewart Priddle is no longer a special constable and was not connected with Devon and Cornwall Police at the time of his arrest.

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