AN argument ended in a Whitwell man taking the wheel and being caught over the limit.
Police stopped a Kia Pride in Bakestone Moor for a routine check at 2am on October 15, Chesterfield magistrates were told.
There was nothing amiss with Adam Barlow’s driving but he smelled of alcohol and he failed a roadside breathalyser test.
Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said he was arrested and taken to a police station where an intoxilyser breath-test machine was out of order.
He went on to give a reading of 139mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood, the limit being 80mgs.
Barlow, 21, of Middlegate Field Drive, Whitwell, admitted drink-driving. He had no previous convictions.
“You took a risk and you got caught. With all the publicity surrounding drink-driving it’s astounding people do it,” presiding magistrate David Sobjak told him.
Barlow, unemployed, was fined £115, with £85 costs, and handed a 17-month road ban, to be cut by 17 weeks if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.
“He had been to a pub and he had an argument with his partner and he drove from Clowne to Whitwell. He didn’t think he would be over the limit,” said John Wilford, for Barlow.