Suspect drink-driver must pay Â£910 after failing to take a breath test
A suspected boozed-up motorist who failed to provide a drink-drive specimen has been ordered to pay Â£910.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on December 21 how Gillian Simpson, 59, of Mansfeldt Crescent, Newbold, Chesterfield, was seen by police allegedly colliding with a wall before allegedly driving off without lights on and on the wrong side of the road.
Becky Allsop, prosecuting, said a police officer responded to a drink-drive tip-off at a residential care home at Stonegravels, in Chesterfield, and it was alleged Simpson had collided with a wall as she left, had driven away without lights on and had been driving on the wrong side of the road.
The police officer called up a marked vehicle and Simpson was stopped, according to Mrs Allsop, and she failed a road-side breath test but then failed to provide a second specimen at a police station.
John Cavanagh, defending, said Simpson has no recollection of colliding with a wall and she did not accept the account given by the original police officer.
However, Simpson pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen after the incident on November 6.
Mr Cavanagh added that Simpson has developed a drink problem and she is seeking help.
District Judge Andrew Davison fined Simpson £750 and she must pay £85 costs and a £75 victim surcharge.
She has also been disqualified from driving for two years.