Drink-drive motorist on road to ban

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A police officer who called to check on the welfare of a Buxton man later caught him drink-driving, a court heard.

An officer attended the Fairfield Road home of Tony Mantle, 31, on September 3.

Jennifer Fitzgerald, prosecuting, told High Peak Magistrates’ Court that Mantle was found to be drunk and somewhat confused. He stated he was going back to sleep and the officer left.

“Walking back to the police car he saw the defendant come out of the front door with a suitcase and approached a parked Peugeot 206,” she explained.

Mantle, who was told not to drive, said he was waiting for a bus.

Ms Fitzgerald said: “The officer drove off and parked nearby, just to be sure. Soon afterwards the officer saw a Peugeot drive up the road and saw the defendant was driving.”

Mantle later blew a reading of 75, more than twice the legal drink-drive limit of 35.

Brent Patterson, defending, said a very short distance had been driven. He said concern for his client’s wellbeing had prompted the police to attend his address to check on him.

Mantle, 31, was banned from driving for 20 months. He must also pay a fine, costs and surcharge totalling £375.