Learner driver was over the limit and without L-plates or a supervisor, court told

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A learner driver was more than double the alcohol limit when stopped in the city one night, Nottingham Magistrates' Court was told.

Antonio Vagaroso, 42, had neither L-plates nor an experienced driver supervising him when checked at 9.30pm, said Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting.

"He said that he had two or three glasses of wine at dinner. He could not recall what time he set off," added Mr Pietryka.

A 21-month driving ban was ordered for Vagaroso, of Forest Close, Newark. If he completes a course on the perils of drink driving, the disqualification will be reduced by a quarter.

Chris Saunders, mitigating, said Vagaroso has a job at a shed firm and added: "Getting to work is going to be difficult for him."

Vagaroso was fined £250 and must pay £85 prosecution costs as well as a government surcharge of £30.

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He pleaded guilty to driving on Ransom Road, St Ann's, with 81 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath on December 22. The legal limit is 35.

He also admitted breaking the terms of his driving licence while at the wheel of a Vauxhall Vectra.