Former landlord tells court of his drink-drive shame

PUBLISHED: 05:51 13 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:35 24 May 2010

AN OFF-LICENCE owner and former pub landlord could face losing his liquor licence after being found guilty of drink driving. Rodney Glenn, of Maysmead Lane, Langford, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in his blood at North Somerset Magistrates

AN OFF-LICENCE owner and former pub landlord could face losing his liquor licence after being found guilty of drink driving.Rodney Glenn, of Maysmead Lane, Langford, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in his blood at North Somerset Magistrates Court in St Georges After disqualifying him from driving for 12 months, magistrates referred his case to North Somerset Council who may strip Glenn of his licence.The 56-year-old was pulled over by police as he drove home after a night working at the Plough Inn in Wrington, where he was pub landlord.Kevin Blackmore, prosecuting, said Glenn was driving a black BMW car along Havyat Road in the village at about 1.30am on April 29 when he was stopped by officers. He was breathalysed after they smelt alcohol on his breath.Glenn was arrested and taken to Weston Police Station. A urine test showed he had 116 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of urine. The legal limit is 107 micrograms.Huw Langley, defending, said: "He was very close to the legal limit and it was a clear miscalculation on his part rather than a blatant disregard of the law. "He has been in the licensed trade for many years and been stopped on many occasions but always passed breathalyser tests."On that night he had consumed the same amount of alcohol as normal but something may have varied in his metabolism."He has a lot to lose and it will cause difficulties if North Somerset Council decide to revoke his licence."Mr Glenn said: "I find myself very embarrassed. The only other offence I have ever committed is being caught speeding 38 years ago in Cheltenham on Gold Cup Day."During the last five years I ran a pub and incurred severe losses and had to remortgage my house."Mr Glenn explained he had given up the pub on May 22 but had become the personal licence holder of Buglers Off-licence in High Street, Wrington, six months earlier.Speaking outside the court, Mr Glenn said: "I had been working at the pub since 10am and during the course of the day had drunk six to eight halves of bitter."As well as giving Glenn a one year driving ban, magistrates ordered he be fined £150 and pay £40 costs.

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