Drink driving councillor banned

A SENIOR councillor has been banned from driving for 12 months after he drove while over the limit.Kevin Bentley, 42, a member of Colchester Borough Council, pleaded guilty to drink-driving yesterday, was fined £750 and banned from driving for 12 months.

A SENIOR councillor has been banned from driving for 12 months after he drove while over the limit.

Kevin Bentley, 42, a member of Colchester Borough Council, pleaded guilty to drink-driving yesterday, was fined £750 and banned from driving for 12 months.

The former BBC Look East reporter appeared at Colchester Magistrates' Court, where he said after his case: “I hope people learn the lesson that I learned; that what I did was wrong and I was fully prepared to accept the consequences this morning.

“I hope that it bears as a suitable warning to other people.”

At about midnight on Friday, November 3, police stopped Bentley on Lower Road, Peldon, as he drove to his home in Willoughby End, Willow Avenue, West Mersea, from a private dinner.

He was breathalysed and found to have 54 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

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