Driver banned for 12 months after caught drink-driving

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A man was caught drink-driving in Buxton after being seen urinating by the side of the road, a court heard.

Police were called to Dukes Drive on July 11 where they saw Daniel Taylor urinate before getting back in his car, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. He was stopped and failed a roadside breath test so was arrested, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said. At the police station, he gave a reading of 46, the legal limit is 35.

Taylor, 28, of Alexander Road, Stoke-on-Trent, admitted drink driving.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “Dukes Drive is a back lane connecting one side of Buxton with another. He went there because he needed the toilet and he didn’t believe anyone would see him. That is how attention was drawn to him by the police.

“He maintains he only drank two pints. If he had been stopped an hour later he wouldn’t be here.

“He is a single parent and has just moved in order to get his daughter into a better school. He is in receipt of job seekers allowance, and has been offered a full time job with JCB but is not going to be able to take it up with no licence to get there.”

Taylor was banned for 12 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.