Repeat Dronfield drink-driver is jailed

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A motorist has been jailed for eight weeks after he was caught driving minutes away from his home while he was more than three times over the drink-drive limit.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, October 24, how Paul Widdowson, 31, of Wilson Street, Dronfield, had driven to a takeaway which was only a five minute walk from his home and was spotted pulling away in a VW Bora and nearly colliding with traffic.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Police saw Widdowson on Chesterfield Road, Dronfield, parking outside shops and going to a takeaway and driving off and as he pulled out he almost collided with on-coming traffic.

“Police arranged for a marked police vehicle to attend his home where he was found to be unsteady with slurred speech and he recorded a positive drink-drive breath test.”

Mrs Allsop added that Widdowson was more than three times over the legal drink-drive limit and he has three previous convictions for drink-driving from 1999, 2001 and 2008.

Widdowson pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after the incident on October 6.

Defence solicitor Robert Sowter said: “The incident involved a short distance of driving. It was only a five minute walk away and it’s questionable why he didn’t walk. He’s had a shocking 2014. He was married at the start of the year with a child and his own business but he and his wife have separated because of illness in the family which put pressure on them and the restaurant they owned collapsed and his wife and child moved out.”

Magistrates sentenced Widdowson to eight weeks in custody and he was disqualified from driving for five years.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.