Two-year ban for drink-drive motorist

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

A drink-driver stopped in New Mills was responding to an urgent call from work, a court heard.

Police on duty at 2am on January 3 stopped an Audi A6, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. Inside the car, officers saw a bottle of Budweiser and a bottle of Jack Daniels, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Driver Alexander James Robertson provided a breath test reading of 97. The legal limit is 35.

The 25-year-old, of Lawnfold, Hadfield, admitted drink-driving.

John Bunting, defending, said: “He works part-time driving for a car dealer. On the day of this offence, he had had some drink. He was called to assist a colleague who had run out of petrol.

“The bottles belonged to whoever normally drove the car.”

Robertson was give a 12-month community order with supervision, fined £110, ordered to pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs and banned from driving for 24 months.