Jacksdale driver was over the limit

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AN ERROR in a Jacksdale motorist’s insurance details led to him being caught over the drink-driving limit.

A Peugeot 306 flagged up a 1.20am alert on a passing police car’s computer, indicating that the vehicle was not insured.

Driver Sam Brewster (23) was stopped for a routine check in High Street, Alfreton, and officers smelled alcohol on his breath.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates he failed a roadside breathalyser test and was arrested and went on to give a reading of 45mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.

Brewster, of Main Road, admitted drink-driving on 5th August. He had no previous convictions.

He was fined £265, with £85 costs, and had a one-year driving ban imposed, to be cut to nine months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

Ms Bosworth said the disqualification would cause problems for Brewster in his work as a self-employed builder.

She added: “He will have to ask people in the building trade if there is anything they can do to help him out.”