Drink driver banned from road

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A BOOZY Selston motorist has been ordered off the road after he failed to give a breath specimen to police.

Christopher Smith, a foreman with an Alfreton engineering company, is now getting on his bike to work, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

Smith was driving a van along Church Street West, Pinxton, at 12.45am on June 4 when he was pulled up by police.

Officers smelled booze on his breath and asked if he had had a drink. He replied: “Too much” and was arrested, said Louise Winter, prosecuting.

Smith was taken to Chesterfield police station where he failed to provide the two breath specimens required for analysis.

His solicitor, Julia Bosworth, said he walked home from a pub at 10pm after drinking eight pints of lager and went to bed.

“He woke up at 11.30pm and found a text message from his girlfriend in Pinxton, inviting him over,” said Ms Bosworth.

“Very foolishly, he drove the short distance to Pinxton and was seen using his mobile phone by police. There is no suggestion that his driving was impaired.

“It is not known whether he did not blow hard enough or long enough into the machine, but there is no medical reason for that failure.”

Ms Bosworth added: “He has been cycling to and from work since the offence. He intends to sell the van and give the money to his partner to purchase a vehicle.”

Smith (33) of Alma Road, Selston, admitted failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis. He had no previous convictions.

He was fined £415, with £85 costs, and banned from driving for 16 months. The disqualification will be cut to a year if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.