Three times the limit

A MOTORIST was warned by magistrates that his actions could have had serious implications for himself and other road users after he was found to be more than three times the drink-drive limit.

Peter Leslie Sargeant, 61, of Town End, Taddington, who had been found by his wife slumped drunk over the steering wheel of his vehicle on his driveway after having driven to Buxton to pick up a takeaway on May 7.

On Monday he was given a 24 month community order with 24 months’ supervision, 200 hours’ unpaid work and was banned from driving for 30 months.

His wife had called police out of concern as he wasn’t responding to her banging on the car windows trying to rouse him.

His breath-test reading was 126. The legal limit is 35.

James Riley, defending, said “He is extremely remorseful and it is something he deeply regrets.”

He said Sargeant, who had consumed some alcohol after he returned home, had already sought help from his GP after realising alcohol was becoming an issue.

Sergeant was also ordered to pay £85 costs.