Boozy abusive motorist is disqualified

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Chesterfield magistrates’ court has sentenced a booze-fuelled driver who threatened a shop worker and assaulted a police officer.

The court heard 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, also 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 explained the shop keeper had 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. He was sentenced on October 14 to a community order with an alcohol treatment requirement, was ordered to pay £50 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was also disqualified from driving for 36 months.