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Taxi driver was over alcohol limit

A 34-year-old Croydon taxi driver has been banned from driving for a year after being caught being over the alcohol limit while driving in New Addington.

Pleading guilty to drink driving, Gary Bryant told Croydon magistrates on March 15 how he regretted driving after drinking alcohol, but had not realised he was unfit to drive.

Bryant, of Cherry Orchard Gardens, East Croydon, said: "I didn't know at the time that I was over the limit as I'd only had a couple of pints."

The taxi driver, who was stopped in Parkway on January 17 and whose blood was found to contain 5 mg of alcohol/100 ml more than the limit, said he had chosen to drive after receiving a distressing phonecall from a friend in Biggin Hill.

"I didn't want to go but I did and there's no excuse," he said.

Magistrate Eric Nash said: "As you know the minimum that we must disqualify you is 12 months."

Bryant was also fined £200.

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