Off-duty cops spot drink driver crash



A drink-drive motorist was brought to justice after he was spotted crashing his vehicle by two off-duty police officers.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, December 9, how Mark Hill, 35, of Beeley Close, Inkersall, near Staveley, had been driving along Inkersall Green Road when he crashed into a road barrier near a mini roundabout and ran off.

Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “A report was phoned to the police that a vehicle had crashed into a barrier. Unfortunately for Hill, the report came from two off-duty police officers who were driving in a vehicle behind him and they followed him and saw the address where he had gone.”

The off-duty officers alerted on-duty officers who visited the address where Hill underwent a breath test which showed he had exceeded the drink-drive alcohol limit.

Hill pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle after exceeding the drink-drive alcohol limit following the incident last month.

Defence solicitor Rebecca Meadows explained Hill had separated from his wife and had been drinking and had become emotional and was heading to his ex-wife’s home when the collision happened.

Miss Meadows said Hill had gone to his ex-wife’s home address where he had hoped she would report the incident to police for him when police arrived and he surrendered himself immediately. Magistrates fined Hill £346 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge. He was also disqualified from driving for 20 months.


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