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Sat nav sends drink-driver to police station

M.A.J. LAW
20 April 2014

An unlucky drink-driver received a driving ban after his sat nav took him to a police station car park by mistake.

Prajay Shrestha was caught driving under the influence of alcohol when he pulled up outside Aldershot Police Station.

A court heard how the 21-year-old was lost and looking for a hotel to stay after an evening at a restaurant in Aldershot town centre.

Serena Edwards, prosecuting, said: ‘At about 4am officers outside Aldershot Police Station were made aware that car was in the car park in an area that was closed off to the general public.

‘The car lights were on and police officers spoke to the driver.  Shrestha was then taken into the police station for a blood test to check if he had been drinking.’

He measured 158 milligrammes of alcohol of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood ? almost the double the legal drink drive limit of 80mg.

Shrestha pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court and was banned from driving for 17 months and was fined £250.

He was also given the option of a drink-drive rehabilitation programme, reducing the length of the ban by 126 days if completed successfully.

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