Motorist three times drink drive limit

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AN ECKINGTON binman faces redundancy after driving while almost three times the drink limit.

Police believed a Volvo 440 car was speeding along Station Road, Renishaw, just after midnight on June 16 and stopped it for a routine check.

Driver Christopher Eaton, aged 25, failed a roadside breath test and was arrested. He went on to give a reading of 102mcgs in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.

Magistrates at Chesterfield considered locking him up after he admitted drink-driving.

But, after studying a probation service report, they imposed 80 hours unpaid work and a 7pm to 7am curfew for three months, with £85 costs.

Eaton, of Lansbury Road, Eckington, was banned from driving for two years. He can reduce the disqualification to 18 months by passing a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

Probation officer Julia Gillott said he had worked as a refuse collector for North East Derbyshire Council for six years and the job required him to have a driving licence.

“He had been at a friend’s house for several hours, watching an England football match and drinking.

“It was quite a long time after his last drink when he decided to make the one-mile journey home. He bitterly regrets it,” said Mrs Gillott.

John Kavanagh, for Eaton, said: “Like so many who transgress the law he felt alright to drive.

He has learned a hard lesson.”