Pay bonus row led to drink-drive offence in Chesterfield

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.

A motorist was caught more than twice over the drink-drive limit after he fled from a row with his wife about missing out on a £12,000 work bonus.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard, on Friday, April 10, how John Conway, 62, drove to his childhood neighbourhood in Derbyshire when he was spotted driving badly and crashing into a parked car in Chesterfield.

Prosecuting solicitor Robert Carr said: “Conway was seen parked outside a lady’s address and she was unable to park so she called her partner who attempted to speak to the defendant. The defendant drove off with high revs and turned into another road and nearly collided with a parked car and then did collide with a parked vehicle with a passenger inside. He also mounted a kerb.”

Conway’s Vauxhall Zafira stopped, according to Mr Carr, and he handed over his keys to members of the public. The defendant, of Comiston Gardens, Edinburgh, told police he had bought vodka which he had been drinking.

IT specialist Conway pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after the incident around Chesterfield Road and Ringwood Road in February.

Denny Lau, defending, said Conway had suffered depression and despite working hard to make up for time off work he had not received his annual bonus.

Mr Lau added that Conway had an argument with his wife about the bonus and he drove to Derbyshire where he was born. Magistrates fined Conway £912 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £91 victim surcharge. He was also banned from driving for 22 months.