Double the limit drink-driver banned from the road for 24 months

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

A Little Hayfield man has been banned from the road for 24 months after being caught driving while more than two-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit.

Simon Nicholas Maguire, 46, of Glossop Road, was stopped by police carrying out checks as he drove his Ford Mondeo on Long Lane in Charlesworth on the evening of October 24.

John Cooper, prosecuting, told High Peak Magistrates’ Court on Monday that when officers spoke to Maguire, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, they could smell alcohol and noted that his speech was slurred.

After failing a roadside breath test, Maguire was arrested and taken to the police station.

As the intoxilyser machine was not working, Maguire provided a urine sample which gave a reading of 276 - the legal limit is 107.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said Maguire, who was disappointed in himself, was now looking for work, but may have to move away if necessary to obtain employment, returning home at weekends.

She said he spent a lot of time with his daughter and her two children supporting them, particularly at weekends.

Commenting on a letter which the defendant handed to the court, magistrate Richard Lombers said: “This letter says it all. You have been very honest with everybody and it has obviously had a devastating effect on you and your family.”

Maguire pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol. In addition to the disqualification, the defendant was ordered to pay £375 in fines and costs.