Driver caught drinking wine at the wheel

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

A motorist was seen drinking wine from the bottle while at the wheel of his car, a court heard.

Police received reports of a suspected drink-driver in Glossop on February 13, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

A CCTV operator then saw a blue Landrover Discovery and could see the driver drinking, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Officers approached the vehicle but as they did so, it drove off so they followed it before it finally came to a stop outside a primary school.

Driver Roger Ambler failed a roadside breath test so was taken to the police station where he provided a reading of 90, the legal limit is 35.

The 70-year-old, of Long Lane, Charlesworth, admitted drink-driving.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “The defendant accepts the facts as outlined.

“He was under considerable pressure and stress at the time of the offence. His wife was in hospital having suffered a stroke and he is in poor health.

“His use of alcohol had escalated.”

Ambler was fined £630, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £63 surcharge, and banned from driving for 23 months.