Bolsover driver didn’t think he was over the limit

A BOLSOVER man could be on the road to redundancy after being caught over the limit a few days before Christmas.

Police stopped a Vauxhall Astra wandering along the road from Heath to junction 29 of the M1 at 1.30am.

Driver Martin Jackson told them he had been drinking the previous evening and he failed a roadside breath test.

He went on to give a reading of 54mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.

Jackson (32) appeared before Chesterfield magistrates and admitted drink-driving on December 22.

“He had been out with friends and he drank one and a half pints of lager and didn’t think he would be over the limit.

“But he hadn’t eaten since 9.30am the previous day and this would have affected the reading,” said Annette Thomas, for Jackson.

She added: “He works as a fabricator and lives 12 miles from his place of work. There’s no public transport can get him there for 6am.”

Jackson, of Moorfield Avenue, Bolsover, was fined £319, with £85 costs, and banned from driving for a year.

The disqualification will be reduced to nine months if he completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.