Driver told po­lice he had spent whole day drink­ing

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in a straight line, Kirklees Mag­is­trates’ Court heard.

Pros­e­cu­tor Jill Sed­don said he ap­peared drunk when the of­fi­cers spoke with them and told them: “I’ve been drink­ing all day.”

Po­lice sta­tion breath tests showed that he had 74 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath.

This was more than twice the le­gal limit of 35 mi­cro­grammes.

East­wood, of South­gate Fold in Hon­ley, then claimed that he’d drunk after driv­ing but the po­lice re­port didn’t sup­port that, Mrs Sed­don added.

He told the Hud­der­s­field court that his wife died earlier this year and he then started to drink quite heav­ily.

East­wood ex­plained that he then suf­fered a stroke which af­fected his walk­ing abil­ity and speech.

He said: “I know that I com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous of­fence and I ac­cept there’s a heavy penalty.

“My life would be shat­tered with­out a ve­hi­cle as I live alone in a re­mote vil­lage and find it dif­fi­cult to move around with­out a car.

“I know I’m go­ing to lose my car, it’s just the pe­riod for which I lose it.”

The Hud­der­s­field court was told that East­wood’s wife died in Jan­uary de­spite his best ef­forts to save her by per­form­ing CPR.

He hasn’t had any be­reave­ment coun­selling and may need help with this.

His sen­tenc­ing was also ad­journed un­til Septem­ber 25 to al­low him to be as­sessed for pos­si­ble al­co­hol treat­ment.

He was banned from driv­ing in the in­terim.

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