Former Derbyshire drink-driver told to get on your bike

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Former Derbyshire drink-driver told to get on your bike

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, September 18, how James Leonard, 27, ran from his parked van in Derbyshire before he was tracked to his home and found to have exceeded the alcohol drink-drive limit.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “The defendant was originally disqualified for 16 months in June 2012 for driving while unfit through drink, careless driving and for failing to surrender. The offence for a later three-year disqualification was committed in days of the previous one on July 5, 2012. A van was seen at a junction with no lights and an officer saw the driver run away.”

Mrs Allsop said a search of the van revealed a wallet and driver’s licence and police tracked Leonard down to an address.

Leonard, formerly of Derbyshire, was given a three-year ban for driving while disqualified, having no insurance and for drink-driving but appeared in court on September 18 for the ban to be lifted.

He told magistrates he had previously had a drink problem during a difficult previous relationship but had since begun working and has had a baby with his wife who is expecting their second child.

Leonard, now of Cherry Tree Lane, Stockport, argued he needed to drive because his wife was having to drive him about eight miles to work.

But magistrates suggested he consider cycling or public transport before rejecting his application to lift his driving ban.