Boozed-up driver’s off-licence fracas

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

Chesterfield magistrates’ court is due to sentence a booze-fuelled driver who threatened a shop worker and assaulted a police officer.

The court heard on Monday, September 23, that John Barker, 45, of Chesterfield Road, North Wingfield, Chesterfield, went into a Premier Stores’ off licence in North Wingfield and threatened a shop worker.

Becky Allsop, prosecuting, told how Barker was arrested for being in charge of a car after exceeding the drink-drive limit and as he was placed into a police van he kicked out and injured an officer.

Mrs Allsop said the shop keeper had a discussion with Barker about his behaviour but Barker became abusive and told him to watch out for his window and that he was going to come back with mates.

Defence solicitor Miss Tinsley said Barker has lost his job and a relationship and is taking anti-depressants. She added he could not remember what happened at the shop but he did go and sit in his car afterwards while he was drunk.

Barker pleaded guilty to being over the drink-drive limit while in charge of a vehicle, using threatening behaviour and assaulting a police constable after the incident on July 28. He also pleaded guilty to drink-driving after he was previously stopped on Derby Road, on June 15. Magistrates adjourned the case for sentencing on October 14.