Drink-driver in crash after row with wife

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A BOOZY motorist who fled his home after a row with his wife lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a road sign.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, April 22, how Daniel Whitaker, 23, of Ralph Road, Staveley, had been driving to his mother’s home following the row before he lost control and was involved in a collision.

Prosecuting solicitor Angela Hadfield said: “He travelled along the A619 to Duke Street, in Staveley, and lost control on a mini-island roundabout and collided with a road sign, mounted an off-side pavement and the front of the vehicle came to rest at the front of a house.

“Police attended and recorded a positive roadside breath test.”

Defence solicitor John Welford said Whitaker had been drinking alcohol and had a row with his wife and wanted to get away from that situation and was driving towards Dronfield before the incident on April 2.

Mr Welford added: “He had an accident. Someone came out from a nearby house and Mr Whitaker asked them to call police and he accepted having had alcohol and that he never should have stepped into the car. He works in Dronfield and it’s now going to be difficult to get there.”

Whitaker pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit and was banned from driving for 16 months and offered a chance to reduce the sentence to 12 months with a drink-drive rehabilitation course. He was fined £250, ordered to pay a £25 victim surcharge and £85 costs.