MATLOCK: Drunk overtook unmarked police car

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A landscape gardener was over the limit when he overtook an unmarked police car and drove through a red traffic light, a court heard.

Cameron Freestone told Chesterfield magistrates he was scared of what would happen to his job and his home after receiving a 12-month driving ban.

The offence took place in Dale Road, Matlock, on October 20, when he gave a reading of 112mgs of alcohol in 100mls of urine. The limit is 107mgs.

Annette Thomas, defending, said: “He had been to dinner at with some friends and he had a couple of pints of beer over a period of time and thought he would be okay to drive.

Freestone (27), of Devonshire Avenue, Matlock, admitted drink-driving. As well as the ban, he was fined £297 with £85 costs.

He also admitted breaching a suspended jail sentence imposed in August last year at Derby Crown Court for offences of arson, assault and damage, for which no extra punishment was imposed.