Drink and drive gaff could cost man his job

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A BOLSOVER binman found asleep at the wheel of his car following a drinking session could be joining the dole queue.

Police saw a Renault Clio with its lights on parked outside disused offices in Shuttlewood Road in the town at 2.25am on 22nd April.

After stopping the car they tapped on the driver’s door window but got no response, Chesterfield magistrates were told last Wednesday.

“They opened the door and the defendant fell out of the car. The inside of the vehicle smelled of alcohol and the keys were in the ignition,” said Lynn Manning, prosecuting.

Jason Ellams (24) told police he drank five or six cans of beer at home and drove to collect his partner. He then had a row over the phone with her and ended up falling asleep.

Ellams, of Shuttlewood Road, Bolsover, gave a reading of 77mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath - more than double the 35mcgs limit.

He admitted drink-driving and was fined £265, with £85 costs. His 20-month driving ban will be reduced to 15 months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

John Kavanagh, for Ellams, said his partner asked him to pick her up but when he arrived at the address she told him she wasn’t ready to go home.

“He had gone on a fools errand. There was an argument that became protracted and he drove to a car park and fell asleep.

“There was no evidence he had driven there but he was honest with police. He could have walked home,” said Mr Kavanagh.

He added: “This has put his employment in jeopardy. He is a refuse collector with Bolsover District Council and, while he doesn’t drive their vehicles, being able to drive was a condition of his job.”