A newspaper contributor from Yarmouth has been banned from driving for 29 months and ordered to participate in 180 hours unpaid work after being found guilty of driving whilst nearly four times over the legal drink-drive limit.
54-year-old Mal Butler of The Vineyard, Bouldnor was arrested by Police in the West Wight on 17th January after officers stopped him on Bouldnor Road on suspicion of driving his VW Bora whilst over the drink-drive limit.
After being breathalysed at Newport Police Station, Butler was found to be a nearly four times over the legal limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of breath, blowing 126 micrograms.
The former sports editor for the News of the World – and now regular contributor to the Isle of Wight County Press – was sentenced at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court last Friday (30th January). As well as being banned from driving and ordered to carry out unpaid work, Butler was ordered to pay costs.
Mr Butler faced up to 12 weeks in prison, 300 hours of community service and a 36 month driving ban under Magistrates sentencing guidelines.