Former landlord acquitted of drink-driving but convicted of being in charge of vehicle while over alcohol limit

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A former landlord of several Northamptonshire pubs has been cleared of drink-driving but convicted of being in charge of a vehicle while over the alcohol limit.

Richard Williams, aged 41, who has run several pubs in the Northamptonshire area, was arrested on May 18 in Cold Ashby Road near the Winwick wind farm.

The court heard that police were called to a wind farm and arrested Williams. A breath test reading showed Williams had 96 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 mls of breath. The legal limit for driving is 35 microgrammes.

At a hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday, a charge of driving whilst over the alcohol limit was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

However, Williams was convicted of being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst over the alcohol limit.

Williams was fined £230 and must pay costs of £85 and victim surcharge of £30. His licence was endorsed with 10 penalty points.