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Professional driver Brendan Curtin said his drink was spiked after being caught driving over the limit

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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A SELF-EMPLOYED recovery vehicle driver has claimed his drink was spiked and that is why he was caught driving a Ford Transit while over the limit.

On Thursday at Truro Magistrates’ Court, Brendan Curtin, 50, of The Lizard, Helston admitted driving while over the legal limit on January 26 on the B3293 near Gilly Gabben.

Alison May, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police stopped Curtin’s van, which was towing a trailer, because its rear lights were not on.

A breath test revealed that Curtin had been driving with 68 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, which is nearly twice the legal limit.

Polly Morley, defending, said: “He was in fact in a pub in Helston and he had been drinking between 5pm to 8pm.”

Ms Morley said Curtin drank one pint at lunchtime and two-and-a-half at the pub where a birthday party had been going.

“The person whose birthday it was was having his drink spiked with vodka,” she said.

“He believes either they spiked his drink by accident as opposed to the person’s whose birthday it was or that he picked up that person’s drink.”

The case was adjourned to March 26 for a hearing into whether there are special reasons not to disqualify Curtin from driving.

District Judge David Parsons said Curtin had a history of drink driving and imposed an interim disqualification.

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  • DipStick  |  February 17 2014, 5:32PM

    Ah yes, the old " ... but my drink was spiked ..." excuse. I wonder how many times that comes up in court .... DS

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  • josdave  |  February 17 2014, 3:48PM

    With his record he should get a very long ban. No good thinking about his job now he should have thought about that before he went into the pub.

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