Drink-driver ignored police

A MOTORIST who failed to spot a police car driving behind him as he drove slowly up Fairfield Road was two-and-a-half times the drink drive limit, a court heard.

Jennifer Fitzgerald prosecuting said: “The defendant made no attempt to move out of the way.”

Even when the sirens were turned on the car continued to drive some distance before stopping – only to drive off when the police car pulled up behind it.

The Vauxhall Astra was overtaken by police and forced to stop in the bus stop.

Ronald Paul Buckley, 59, of Holmfield Gardens, failed a road side breath test, and at the police station provided a reading of 90 in breath; the legal limit is 35.

John Bunting defending said Buckley had been out with friends and family to an Indian restaurant. “He didn’t intend to drive home, he doesn’t regularly drink.”

But after a attending a quiz night he decided to give his daughter and her partner home. “It was an error of judgment and he realises it was a foolish thing to do,” said Mr Bunting.

“The only thing he attributes it to is having some domestic and work difficulties.”

The court heard his relationship of many years had broken up and his workload had increased due to colleagues leaving.

Buckley, who pleaded guilty, was given a 12 month community order and must complete 80 hours’ unpaid work. He was banned from driving for 23 months but was given the option of reducing the ban by completing a drink-driver rehabilitation course. He must pay £85 costs.