Drink-driver was tracked down after leaving reg plate at crash scene

A drink-driver was tracked down after his car registration plate was found at the scene of a collision with another vehicle.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, January 10, how Craig Haywood, 38, of Lime Avenue, Staveley, was found to be more than twice the legal drink-drive limit an hour-and-a-half after the collision on Bond Street, Chesterfield.

Prosecuting solicitor John Cooper explained that the defendant’s vehicle had struck another vehicle which suffered damage to a bumper and the rear driver’s side wheel arch.

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Mr Cooper added that a registration plate was discovered at the scene and Haywood’s vehicle was traced and was found to missing its bumper.

Haywood pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after he registered 84 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Mr Cooper said he gave the drink-drive reading an hour-and-a-half after the collision on December 22, 2016.

Defence solicitor Denny Lau said: “He accepts he had driven to his friend’s to drop off a present. They were having a party and he intended to leave but after a couple of drinks he felt okay and took the risk of driving and this happened.”

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Magistrates fined Haywood £320 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

He was also disqualified from driving for 22 months but if he completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course his ban could be reduced by 24 weeks.