Caught drink driving after picking wife up

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A man caught drink driving in Buxton has been banned from the road.

Police on duty just before 7pm on March 25 stopped Bernard Bramwell’s Land Rover Freelander on Fairfield Road, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. Officers spoke to Bramwell and noticed he smelt of alcohol, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

There were two other people in the car at the time, the court heard.

Bramwell failed a roadside breath test so was arrested and taken back to the police station, where he provided a reading of 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

He had previous convictions for drink driving but the most recent was more than ten years ago, Mrs Fitzgerald said.

Bramwell, 63, of Smalldale, Buxton, admitted driving with excess alcohol.

John Bunting, defending, said: “This is a straightforward matter. 
“The defendant lives with his wife in Smalldale. His wife had gone out and he received a telephone call saying her lift back had let her down and would he go and fetch her from the pub. Whilst there he unfortunately bought a drink and stayed longer than he should have done.

“It would appear someone in the pub informed the police. Officers stopped him on Fairfield Road when he had not driven very far at all, they had obviously been waiting for him.

“He has entered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity.

“It is well over ten years since the defendant has had a conviction of this sort.

“He lives in Smalldale which is fairly remote if you’ve not got a car. Other members of his family drive but his wife doesn’t.

“There are people around who are able to give him a lift from time to time.

“The family isn’t making ends meet. That will in one sense get worse when his wife ceases work in two months time.

“She will retire on a state pension and nothing else. The defendant himself is not entitled to his pension until he reaches 65.

“In about two months time finances which are already grim at the moment are going to go beyond that.

“There might be some expense saved by not running a Land Rover but there is quite a lot of debt to be paid.”

Bramwell was fined £312 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a government surcharge of £31.

He was also offered the chance to reduce his disqualification if he successfully completes a drink drivers rehabilitation course.