Motorist gets ban after pizza takeaway

sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court

sp56888'Chesterfield Magistrates Court

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A man whose late-night pizza trip ended in a drink-driving arrest has been banned from driving for 26 months.

Richard Ambler, 27, of Sutton Hall Road, Bolsover, had gone to collect a takeaway pizza at just before midnight on October 20 this year, when he pulled over to demist his windscreen and hit a car parked on Carr Vale Road.

Chesterfield Magistrates court heard how Ambler – who had been drinking the night before and had drunk three pints of lager that afternoon – then drove off, but was pursued by the car’s owner.

Prosecuting, Mike Treharne, told the November 25 hearing: “He drove off and went back to his home address. He was followed there and agreed to go back to the scene.

“He offered to pay for damages to the other vehicle, but didn’t want to inform the police or insurance companies.”

The police were called, and father-of-two Ambler was found to be more than three times the drink-drive limit.

Ambler pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit and failing to stop after an accident.

He was given a nine month community order, 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. Chair of magistrates, Barry Knock, said the lengthy ban was due to the high level of alcohol found in his system. Witnesses to offences can call police on 101.