Biker swigged lager before driving off

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A MOTORCYCLIST carrying a schoolboy pillion passenger was over the drink-drive limit when he was in collision with a car.

Police arrived at the scene of the accident to find the 13-year-old boy being treated by paramedics.

The Honda bike on which he had been riding had been in collision with a Ford Fiesta in Eckington Road, Coal Aston, after 5pm on March 6.

Chesterfield magistrates heard an officer smelled drink on rider Gregory Cutter’s breath and he went on to fail a roadside breath test.

Cutter was taken to hospital suffering a cut to his head, and went on to give a reading of 142mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood, the legal limit being 80mgs.

Cutter, aged 46, of The Wynd, Renishaw, admitted drink-driving and driving without insurance and a licence.

He was fined £265, with £85 costs, and received an 18-month ban, to be reduced in length by a quarter if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

The father-of-four told the court he was unaware his licence had expired, but he admitted he had no excuse for being over the drink-drive limit.

“It had been a long day. A friend had left me a bottle of lager on the doorstep and I drank it without giving it a moment’s thought,” said Cutter, a delivery driver.

He added: “I’m employed to run the Rotherham contract for my company. If I lose my licence there’s no other job I can do in the company.”