Drink-driver gets ban after collision

A drink-driver who was involved in a collision has been banned from driving for 16 months.

Thursday, 12th January 2017, 4:49 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th January 2017, 4:51 pm
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, January 3, how Andrew James Clark, 34, had been driving on Park Road, Buxton, when he was tested for drink-driving by police.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Just before midday on December 15, 2016, police received a report of a collision involving an Audi A3 driving along Park Road, Buxton.

“Mr Clark was the driver and a positive roadside breath test was taken and a reading at the police station was 
50 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.”

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Clark, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Clark, of Smelter Wood Road, Sheffield, told the court: “I am just really sorry I drove the car that morning and I am sorry for the damage I have caused.

“Once the ban is up if I drive again I will not let this happen again.”

Magistrates fined Clark £120 and ordered him to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

He was also banned from driving for 16 months, but was given an option to reduce the ban by 17 weeks if he completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.