Whaley Bridge crash driver banned

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

A drink-driver crashed into a stationary vehicle in Whaley Bridge, leaving his passenger with a fractured wrist, a court heard.

Andrew Scot Rowntree was driving a VW Golf which collided with a car at traffic lights in Horwich End on October 18, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

After being helped to move his car out of the way, he then walked off to a nearby off licence and bought a 200cl bottle of vodka, prosecutor John Cooper said.

When police arrived, he had almost finished the bottle and told officers he had been drinking before the crash. He provided a reading of 68, the legal limit is 35.

Rowntree, 44, of Buxton Road, Whaley Bridge, admitted drink-driving and driving without due care and attention.

Russell Wild, defending, said: “The collision itself happened because he was arguing with his passenger.

“He doesn’t believe it was actually because he had been drinking.”

Rowntree was fined £110, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge and banned from driving for 20 months.