Had no driving licence since 2005

A man caught drink-driving in Whaley Bridge did not have a driving licence, a court heard.

Police on duty at Bridgemont on August 10 stopped a Honda Civic being driven by Philip Mark Hallam, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

They noticed he smelt strongly of alcohol and he failed a roadside breath test so was taken back to the police station where he provided a reading of 43, the legal limit is 35.

Police checks revealed his driving licence had been revoked in 2005, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

Hallam, 53, of Whaley Lane, Whaley Bridge, admitted drink-driving and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “The prosecution facts are accepted by the defendant.

“He is aged 53, single and in receipt of Job Seeker’s Allowance.

“He does a bit of farm work when he can.”

For the drink-drive offence, he was fined £149 and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £20 surcharge. He was also banned from driving for 12 months. There was no separate penalty for the licence offence.