Drink-driver banned after boozy night

From the courts
From the courts

A BOOZED-UP miner who was swerving erratically in his car on his way to work after a previous night’s drinking has been fined and banned from driving.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Malcolm Richmond, 58, of Hucklow Avenue, Inkersall, Chesterfield, was driving on Langwith Road, Bolsover, one morning when a witness became concerned about his driving.

Prosecuting solicitor Lynn Manning said: “A witness noticed Richmond’s vehicle being driven slowly, close to the centre of the road and moving to the pavement. The vehicle caused another vehicle to drive into a layby.”

Police attended Richmond’s home after the incident this month and the defendant was over the drink-drive limit with 101 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. He admitted drink-driving after consuming two pints of cider and half a bottle of spirits the night before.

Defence solicitor Bob Bashforth said Richmond had been driving to work but had come home after a work accident.

Mr Bashforth added: “He’s extremely apologetic and can’t believe he’s here.”

Magistrates disqualified Richmond from driving for 23 months with a reduction due for agreeing to a rehabilitation course. They also imposed an eight week curfew and ordered him to pay £635 in fines, an impact surcharge and costs.