Former North Lincolnshire Council leader sentenced for drink-driving

Councillor Don Stewart with the CCTV mast in Epworth, with the historic St. Andrew's Church in the background. (Buy this photo E1730TS) Picture: Tony Saxton
Councillor Don Stewart with the CCTV mast in Epworth, with the historic St. Andrew's Church in the background. (Buy this photo E1730TS) Picture: Tony Saxton
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The vice chairman of a North Lincolnshire town council who has admitted to a drink-driving charge in court says he is prepared to accept his punishment.

The vice chairman of a North Lincolnshire town council who has admitted to a drink-driving charge in court says he is prepared to accept his punishment.


Epworth Town Council’s Vice-Chairman Don Stewart appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, August 19 charged with one count of drink driving.

Stewart, of Holly Tree Farm, Epworth pleaded guilty to the charge during the hearing during which he was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

The 75-year-old was offered a three month reduction in his disqualification if completes a driving rehabilitation course by March 11 next year.

Speaking to The Epworth Bells, Stewart said he was prepared to accept his punishment.

He said: “The law is the law, and I’ve admitted to it.

“I was slightly over the limit at the time. They gave me a 12 month disqualification, which is the lowest they can give.

“They said that could be lowered if I complete a driving course, which I’ve already signed up to.

“I’ve been driving for 59 years and this is the first time anything like this has happened, but I’ve got to accept it so I will.”

The incident occurred in South End, Doncaster on Thursday, July 28.

Stewart was found to have 50 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, which is 15 microgrammes above the legal limit.

Stewart was leader of North Lincolnshire Council between 2003 and 2004.

He is currently the vice-chairman of Epworth Town Council.

Stewart is the second member of Epworth Town Council to appear in court on criminal charges in two months after Michail Harm was sentenced at Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court for assaulting a 61-year-old woman last month.