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Fenland supermarket supervisor faces job demotion after court appearance

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A supermarket supervisor could face demotion after a conviction for drink-driving.

King's Lynn magistrates heard on Thursday that Harry Ward, 21, often opens the store and travels to other branches around the country.

But he might have to accept a lesser role in order to keep his employment.

Ward was stopped in Wisbech Road, South Lynn, at 4.15am on October 23.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53357495)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53357495)

He had “numerous” people in the Vauxhall Astra, said prosecutor Anna Crayford.

She added: “The officer noted a strong smell of alcohol and he appeared glazed. When asked if he’d been drinking, he replied ‘I had one beer at about eight o’clock.’”

Ward, of Limes Avenue, Elm, was arrested after a positive breath test.

In custody he blew 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

“Whilst in custody he repeatedly said he was stupid for driving and he’d only had one beer.”

Ward pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

George Sorrell, mitigating, said his client was a “decent young man” who had made a mistake.

Ward was disqualified from driving for 18 months, which can be cut with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £260 and ordered to pay £105 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

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