South Normanton pensioner banned for drink driving

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A SOUTH Normanton pensioner drank more than double the legal alcohol limit before his car was involved in a collision.

Police were called to a crash involving a Volkswagen Jetta and another vehicle in Nottingham Road, Somercotes, at 3.30pm on 14th June .

Magistrates at Chesterfield heard on Monday that officers noticed Jetta driver Brian Wells (69) smelled of alcohol.

He failed a roadside breathalyser test and was arrested, said Julie Downes, prosecuting.

Wells went on to give a reading of 77mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs, the court was told.

Wells, of Lathkill Drive, South Normanton, admitted drink-driving. He had a clean licence and no previous convictions.

The justices fined him £215, with £85 costs, and imposed a 17-month driving ban.

Wells, a widower, said he did not want to take a course which could have reduced the length of his ban by a quarter.

He told the court: “I’m not driving anymore.”