Drink-driver is banned after driving erratically in Chesterfield

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A drink-drive motorist who was pulled over by police in Chesterfield after he was spotted driving erratically and at speed has been banned from the road.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, January 5, how Daniel Alexander Williams, 29, raised concerns as police saw him driving along Markham Road.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “A police constable was on duty after 11pm, on Saturday, December 5, when they saw a BMW pull away from traffic lights on Markham Road at speed.

“The vehicle was followed along Chatsworth Road and crossed a white line and it continued driving at speed and was braking erratically.

“At the junction with Old Road, Brampton, an officer signalled for the defendant to stop and he smelled of alcohol and he took a roadside breath test.”

Police revealed that Williams recorded a reading of 78 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath which was just over twice the legal limit.

Williams, of Savile Park Mills, Moorfield Street, Halifax, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit.

He told the court: “I agree with what’s been said. It was inexcusable and I have no grounds for saying anything other than what has been said is what happened.

“It was out of character for me and I fully accept what has happened.

“My job does entail a lot of travelling and any extended ban will impact dramatically on my life and I might have to finish my job if the ban is substantive.”

Magistrates fined Williams £540 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £54 victim surcharge.

He was also banned from driving for 20 months but if he completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course this ban could be reduced by five months.