BAKEWELL: ‘I’ve disgraced my family’ says drunk chef

From the courts
From the courts

A young chef who was caught drink driving said he had disgraced his family’s reputation.

Benjamin James Naylor, of Castle Drive, Bakewell, was stopped by police on the A623 just before 3am on November 27 last year after they noticed something trailing on the ground beneath his Vauxhall Corsa.

Chesterfield magistrates heard that officers could smell alcohol on his breath after the stopped him and they gave him a road side breath test which he failed.

He later gave a sample of 145 microgrammes of alcohol in 100mililitres of urine. The legal limit is 107 microgrammes.

Twenty year-old Naylor, who was unrepresented during the hearing, told the court that he had enjoyed a few drinks with colleagues after he had finished work the night before.

He said he had then gone home and had gone to sleep before receiving a phonecall from friends who wanted a lift home from a night out in town.

He then got in his car and drove while still over the limit when police stopped him.

“I didn’t think anything of it,” Naylor told the court.

“I wouldn’t have driven if I knew I was drunk. I’ve disgraced my family. Some members of the family don’t talk to me any more because of this.”

Naylor pleaded guilty to driving while over the legal alcohol limit.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a fine of £220 - although his ban will be reduced to nine months if he successfully completes a drink driving rehabilitation course. He must also pay court costs of £85 and a £22 victim surcharge.