Drink-driver banned

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

Police were alerted to a drink-driver in Hope after seeing him putting his seatbelt on while driving, a court heard.

Officers were on mobile patrol at 10.20pm on October 24 when they saw a Vauxhall Astra pulling out of the car park of the Old Hall Hotel, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

While speaking to driver Neill Edward Cunningham they noticed he was unsteady on his feet and smelt of alcohol.

He failed a roadside breath test so was arrested and at the police station provided a reading of 164 in urine, the legal limit is 107.

Checks revealed Cunningham only held a provisional driving licence.

The 61-year-old, of Marsh Avenue, Hope, admitted drink-driving and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “He was compliant at the roadside and at the police station and entered his guilty plea at the first opportunity.”

Cunningham was fined £467, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £47 surcharge, and banned from driving for 16 months.