South Normanton sales manager may lose job after driving ban

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A SOUTH Normanton sales manager’s job remains in the balance following a driving ban, a court was told on Monday.

Police stopped a car after it triggered a roadside speed limit indicator and they smelled drink on driver Trevor Ogden’s breath.

Magistrates at Chesterfield were told that Ogden (53) failed to provide a breath specimen.

His solicitor, Bob Sowter, said he drank two pints of beer and walked home and waited for his wife to return from work.

“At 11pm she called and asked him to pick her up from a local hotel where she works.

“Foolishly, he went there and he was stopped on the way home.

“He had never been to a police station before and he was rather flustered.

“He also suffers from stress but he doesn’t have a reasonable excuse for not complying with the breath test procedure,” said Mr Sowter.

Ogden (53), of Cherry Close, South Normanton, admitted failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis at Chesterfield on 18th March.

He was fined £440, with £85 costs, and the bench imposed a one-year driving ban, to be cut to nine months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

“He has worked for Homebase for 23 years.

“He’s a sales manager at their Loughborough store and his contract requires flexibility.

“No decision has been made on his job yet.

“He hopes to keep it but he is at real risk of losing it - it’s up in the air at the moment,” added Mr Sowter.