Chesterfield drink-driver faces possible jail sentence

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A banned drink-driver who was caught by police behind the wheel of a car faces a possible jail sentence.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, October 23, how Ryan Dudley, 23, of Woodford Way, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield, was spotted by police driving without lights on along Lockoford Lane, in the town.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Officers on Lockoford Lane saw a Renault Clio and attention was drawn to it because there were no lights on.

“The vehicle was stopped and officers spoke to Dudley and he smelled of alcohol and he was asked to provide a roadside drink-drive test.”

Dudley told police he had had eight pints and following a positive drink-drive test he said he was already disqualified from driving.

He also told officers that he had been driving because his girlfriend had wanted a pizza and he had been on his way to get one for her when he was stopped.

Dudley pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit, driving while disqualified and to driving without insurance after the incident on October 9.

Defence solicitor Steve Brint said Dudley has already served a significant amount of his previous drink-drive disqualification and he pleaded guilty to his latest offences at the first opportunity.

Mr Brint added: “If a term of imprisonment is imposed it would put him back and he would lose his job and be left with very little income.”

Magistrates adjourned Dudley’s case until October 30 to consider a probation report before sentencing.