Too-slow driver was over the limit

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A MOTORIST stopped by police for driving too slowly was found to be twice the drink-drive limit.

High Peak magistrates heard that police stopped a Land Rover being driven by Stephen Brennand, 68, of Birch House, Birch Vale, at Spinner Bottom because it was being driven too slowly at 11.15pm on June 3.

He failed a roadside breath test and provided a reading of 74 in breath the legal limit is 35.

He admitted drink- driving when he appeared in court on Monday and told the court he had drunk five pints.

James Riley, defending, said: “He lives a relatively short distance from the Grouse public house and he was driving the short distance.”

He said Brennand had been employed full-time with accommodation provided but was now retired and in receipt of a pension.

“He has separated from his wife and is shortly to move to a new address in Hayfield,” said Mr Riley.

The court heard that Brennand’s current accommodation was going to be knocked down.

Brennand was banned from driving for 20 months, and ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling £240.