Derbyshire man put new business at risk with drink drive conviction

A Derbyshire man told a court that he has put his fledgling business at risk after he was caught drink driving in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 10:55 am

Daniel Windle was followed by police after they say his vehicle swerve on the A617 and he was stopped outside an address on Clowne, Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court was told on Monday, January 27.

Windle, 40, of Duke Street, Clowne, admitted drink driving when he appeared before the court.

Prosecuting, Robert Carr said: “Police officers were travelling on the A616 at about 1.15am on New Year’s Day. They observed the vehicle stop at a red light and then move off when it turned green, but they noticed it was swerving and contacted colleagues, as these officers were not trained in pursuit.”

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Daniel Windle was caught drunk behind the wheel in Clowne

He said Windle was followed to an address in New Barlborough Close, Clowne, where officers carried out a roadside breath test.

Windle blew 78 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Fiona Davidson said: “He had been drinking earlier in the night but had stopped because it had been his intention to go and see some other friends.

“He has a fledgling business in Whitwell and as part of this he would collect vehicles from customers, do the necessary work and then deliver the vehicles back to them, so the loss of his licence will have a big impact on that.”

Windle was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £440. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.