Surgeon caught almost three times drink limit

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A TOP surgeon from Sheffield has been banned from driving and hit with a £3,000 fine after being caught almost three times the drink-drive limit.

Jeremy Brown, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who works at hospitals across the city, was seen swerving along a country road on Friday, December 16, at about 8pm, magistrates heard.

Michael Willis, for Brown, said he played a vital role within the NHS in the Sheffield area and the offence had caused him major professional embarrassment.

Mr Willis said: “The disqualification has serious ramifications.

“He works at the Northern General and the Royal Hallamshire hospitals and also undertakes private work at Thornbury and Claremont hospitals.

“He is regularly on call and has to be available at short notice.

“He is actively involved as a trauma surgeon in the serious trauma unit set-up in Sheffield.

“He has to be at different hospitals and he works unpredictable hours, so that makes hiring a driver difficult.

“Stupidly - but these things happen in drink - he drove. It’s an aberration, a one-off, and he deeply regrets his bad decision-making.”

The General Medical Council will now be notified of the offence .

Police on patrol in the Rowsley area, near Chatsworth, Derbyshire, had seen a Jeep Wrangler 4x4 swerving from one side of the road to the other, almost clipping the kerb.

Officers saw the car brake sharply on corners.

They followed 47-year-old Brown to the driveway of his home in Riddings Lane, Curbar, near Baslow, Derbyshire.

He went on to give a reading of 94 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the limit is 35 micrograms - and was arrested.

Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard Brown had been alone at home when he returned from work.

Magistrates were told Brown had a drink, but later remembered he had to pick up his son from swimming in Matlock.

Brown, who had no previous convictions, admitted drink-driving.

He was banned from driving for two years, although his ban will be cut to 18 months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £3,015 and ordered to pay £85 costs.