Boozy motorist spared from jail

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A DRINK-DRIVE motorist who crashed a car into a shop has been spared going to prison.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, April 11, how Benjamin Jones, 27, of George Street, Riddings, crashed in Riddings after an evening at a pub.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Mahon explained Jones drove because he felt okay but lost control while talking with a passenger.

Jones pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit and to driving without a licence and without insurance after the crash in March.

Jones, who has two previous convictions for driving with excess alcohol and driving while unfit through drink or drugs, claimed he was stressed because he has a poorly daughter and a new job. Magistrates sentenced Jones to 12 weeks’ custody suspended for 12 months. He was disqualified from driving for 40 months and must pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.