Drove to the pub while drunk

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A STONEY Middleton driver was found asleep at the wheel after drinking almost three times the legal limit.

The landlady of the Shoulder of Mutton, in Church Street, Bradwell, was outside at 12.50am on October 19 when a van pulled into the pub car park a few feet away from her.

It stayed there with its engine running and, after a while, staff tried to rouse the driver who appeared to be unconscious, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

“They turned off the ignition and managed to get the driver out after a lot of shouting and shaking. He had to be supported to stop him falling over,” said Becky Mahon, prosecuting.

Christopher Bond, 24, went on to give a reading of 104mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.

He said in interview he had visited a bowling club and drank up to ten pints of beer. He had intended to get a lift home but decided to drive.

Bond, a self-employed joiner, of Denman Crescent, Stoney Middleton, admitted drink-driving – his second conviction for this offence in seven years.

The bench banned him from driving for three years and ordered him to do 100 hours unpaid work, with £85 costs.

“He can’t explain his actions,” said Joe Harvey, for Bond, who did not consider he had a drink problem.