Clay Cross drink-driver caught swerving in the road

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A booze-fuelled motorist who was spotted swerving from left to right in the road was stopped and caught for drink-driving.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, June 10, how Alan Robert Perkins, 67, of Bradwell Grove, Danesmoor, Clay Cross, had been drinking alcohol to distract him from mental health difficulties.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam said: “A police officer was concerned about the manner of driving as the vehicle was going from left to right and on two occasions it nearly left road.

“The defendant was stopped by Derbyshire police officers.”

Perkins pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after he recorded a positive breath test for drink-driving following the incident on May 11.

Defence solicitor Liz Anderton told how Perkins had been drinking heavily to distract him from mental health difficulties. Magistrates fined Perkins £185 and ordered him to pay £85 costs, a £20 victim surcharge and a £150 court charge. Perkins was also disqualified from driving for 24 months.