Road ban for soldier caught drink-driving

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

A Buxton soldier was caught drink-driving for the second time after crashing his car in the early hours of the morning, a court heard.

At around 5.30am on January 2, Kyle Tibbles lost control of his Ford Focus on Duke’s Drive in Buxton and the vehicle rolled, coming to a stop several yards down the road, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

Tibbles left the scene and went back to his address on Harris Road in Harpur Hill, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

Police were called and traced the keeper, attending Tibbles’ address shortly after.

He immediately admitted driving and crashing the vehicle and failed a roadside breath test so was arrested and taken back to the police station.

He provided a reading of 156 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine, the legal limit is 107.

He had a previous drink-driving conviction from 2008, Mrs Fitzgerald added.

The 24-year-old admitted driving with excess alcohol.

Annis Rowlands, defending, said: “Mr Tibbles is a serving officer with the forces.

“He has been in the forces for six years and is currently a commanding officer having been promoted to Lance Corporal.

“In relation to the events of January 2 Mr Tibbles was home on leave. He had some alcohol earlier in the night and felt suitably well to drive. He didn’t feel the alcohol was affecting him.

“The road was icy, he hit a patch of water on Duke’s Drive and lost control of the vehicle. No-one else was involved.

“He went home and called the police straight away. The car has been written off as a result of the damage sustained.

“He will be punished by his employers for his wrongdoing.”

She added that Tibbles had been hoping to join an elite special forces regiment but he needed a full driving licence to do so.

Sentencing him, chairman of the bench Mr Graham said: “You have pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle when your level of alcohol was above the limit.

“This is quite a serious offence. You left the scene and you do have a previous drink-driving offence.

“This bench is really disappointed. Obviously you have a very good career ahead of you in the army, which you have jeopardised by the way you’ve behaved and we are very disappointed by it.”

Tibbles was fined £369 and ordered to pay a £37 surcharge and £85 costs.

He was also banned from driving for 40 months.