Chesterfield drink-driver’s costly crash

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.

A drink-driver who crashed into a lamppost and overturned his vehicle has been banned from driving for 12 months.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, November 7, how Peter Marriott, 63, of Loads Road, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, had been drinking with friends before he drove out on a job for work and was involved in a crash.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam said: “The defendant was driving a Toyota Hilux on Nethermoor Road, at Wingerworth, when he lost control on a left-hand bend and collided with a lamppost and his vehicle overturned.

“Police attended the crash scene and Mr Mariott was treated for minor injuries and taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital.”

Ms Haslam explained that Marriott was recorded by police as having exceeded the alcohol drink-drive limit.

Marriott pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit after the crash on October 18.

Defence solicitor Kirsty Sergeant said he had been playing snooker with friends and someone else had been the group’s nominated driver but some time later he got a call from work to do a driving job for them.

Ms Sergeant added that Marriott was asked to collect a broken motor and return it to engineers for it to be fixed but after he set off the job was cancelled.

However, on his return journey, Ms Sergeant claimed he had been involved in a near collision with another driver through no fault of his own but as he swerved he collided with a lamppost.

Magistrates fined Marriott £285 and ordered him to pay a £28 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months but can reduce his ban if he completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.