Chesterfield drink-driver narrowly escapes jail term

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A drink-driver who was more than three times over the limit when he crashed into a garden wall has narrowly escaped being put behind bars.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, January 2, how David Carty, 30, of Top Road, Calow, Chesterfield, crashed into a wall and police found a half-empty bottle of whiskey in his vehicle.

Prosecuting solicitor Michael Treharne said: “Police were told about a Peugeot being driven by the defendant while he was in drink. The vehicle had turned into a track and crashed into a garden wall and the driver was Mr Carty. It was obvious he had had alcohol and a half-empty bottle of whiskey was also found.”

Carty pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after the crash on December 11. Probation officer Katie Shannon said Carty had explained he had been drinking the night before the crash and on the day of the offence he also had two drinks of whiskey.

She added that Carty had burned himself with boiling water and he had decided to drive to seek medical help. Miss Shannon explained that Carty has suffered with binge drinking and has previously had mental health problems.

Defence solicitor Denny Lau also said that Carty lost his job as a delivery driver due to the drink-drive offence. Magistrates sentenced Carty to eight weeks’ custody suspended for 12 months with supervision and an alcohol specified activity requirement. He was also banned from driving for 32 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.