Boozy driver was unsteady

Police were alerted to a drink-driver in Hope after seeing him putting his seat belt on while driving, a court heard.

Sunday, 21st December 2014, 12:00 pm
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Officers saw the Vauxhall Astra pulling out at 10.20pm, on October 24, of the Old Hall Hotel, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

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While speaking to driver Neill Edward Cunningham they noticed he was unsteady and smelled of alcohol. He failed a breath test and at the police station provided a reading which exceeded the alcohol drink-drive limit.

Checks revealed Cunningham only held a provisional driving licence. The 61-year-old, of Marsh Avenue, Hope, admitted drink-driving and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said he was compliant and pleaded guilty plea at the first opportunity. Cunningham was fined £467, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £47 victim surcharge. He was disqualified from driving for 16 months.