Chesterfield motorist in double drink-drive trouble

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A troubled motorist has been banned from driving for three years after he was twice caught boozed-up behind the wheel of his car within a fortnight.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, January 14, how Richard Crookes, 25, of Staveley Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield, was originally stopped and arrested after police spotted him driving and swerving across the road and he was arrested again two weeks later driving near his home.

Prosecuting solicitor Angela Hadfield said: “Police followed Crookes’s vehicle after they spotted it being driven from side-to-side and he was stopped and he provided a positive breath-test.

“Crookes was also spotted drinking at The Miner’s pub, at New Whittington, two weeks later and police located his vehicle as it pulled on to a drive on Staveley Road, at New Whittington, and he provided another positive breath test.”

Crookes pleaded guilty to two counts of exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after the incidents on December 20, 2014, and January 4, 2015.

Defence solicitor Felicity Clarke told how Crookes, who is a dedicated member of the Army, has suffered depression and drinking problems after his partner lost their baby.

She said: “He is a dedicated member of the Army and he had an exceptional and exemplary record but after six months of being pregnant his partner lost their baby and this set things in motion.

“He has suffered depression and he has been to the Army for help.

“He has come back home and the depression has taken over and he’s sought help from the Army while on leave and they are looking at putting him into rehabilitation.

“He will be punished separately from the Army and there will be a fine to pay.”

Magistrates ordered Crookes to pay £288 in fines, costs and victim surcharges.

Crookes was also disqualified from driving for three years.