Sheffield barrister was twice the limit to drive

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A BARRISTER from Sheffield has been banned from the roads after he was caught at the wheel more than double the drink drive limit.

Police spotted Dermot Hughes’s X-type Jaguar ‘wandering’ as it travelled along Manchester Road towards Deepcar on Wednesday, May 2, at about 7.45pm.

Debris was thrown up from the edge of the road and the car was stopped opposite The Wharncliffe Arms pub.

Hughes was asked if he had been drinking and told police he had ‘had about three pints’.

The 43-year-old failed a roadside breath test and was taken to Ecclesfield police station, where he gave a reading of 85mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The limit is 35mg.

Hughes, from Deepcar, admitted drink-driving.

District Judge Andrew Davison fined him £1,015, ordered he pay £85 costs, and imposed a 16-month driving ban.

Steve Smith, for Hughes, told Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court: “It’s a one-off, totally out of character. In his 25-year driving career he’s never even had an endorsement.

“He was polite and co-operative with police. He couldn’t possibly be more contrite.

“He drives 15,000 to 20,000 miles a year in his employment. The impact of the disqualification is career-shattering in some respects.”

The court heard Hughes puts a lot of effort into running a youth football team in his spare time.

And Mr Smith said Hughes was hard-working and highly-regarded in his work.

The ban will be cut to a year if Hughes passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.