A drink-driver who got behind the wheel of his new car because he did not think it would be safe to leave it at a pub has been banned from driving for two years.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, April 15, how Zak Saunders, 38, of Mulberry Croft, Hollingwood, Chesterfield, was stopped by police and found to be nearly three times over the limit and he also had about £30 worth of cocaine on him.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Police carried out a stop-check and the defendant provided details and then ran off and he fell over and was detained.”
Saunders pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit and to possessing cocaine valued between £30 and £50 after the incident in March.
The probation service explained that Saunders had bought a new Renault Clio and had driven to the Elm pub, in Staveley, to watch football with friends but because the car was newly bought he did not think the vehicle would be safe if he left it behind.
Saunders claimed he could not explain why he had bought the cocaine, according to the probation service, because he had never used illegal substances and the bag of drugs remained unopened.
The court heard however that Saunders has suffered problems with alcohol for many years and that has led to a failed relationship with the mother of his child.
Defence solicitor Bob Bashforth said: “He has been on a downward spiral since his father who was a Paralympic skier died after suffering with cancer and that affected him.
“He lost his partner following excessive use of alcohol, but he has been to the Derbyshire Alcohol Advisory Service and he has been diagnosed with depression.”
Magistrates sentenced Saunders to a 12 month community order with 40 hours of unpaid work.
He was also disqualified from driving for 24 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.