Drink-driver crashed car into a hedge


A drink-driver who lost control of his car and crashed into a hedge has been ordered to pay £341 in fines and costs.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Jordan Clayton, 24, of Sparrowbusk Close, Barlborough, crashed his vehicle on Renishaw Road, at Mastin Moor.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Police received a call after the vehicle had left the road and became embedded in a hedge.

“When asked who was driving, Clayton said ‘me and I haven’t got a licence yet’.”

Mrs Allsop revealed Clayton blew 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath which exceeded the drink-drive limit.

Clayton told police he was working as a chef in Barlborough and had finished work and had four or five pints of lager.

Mrs Allsop added: “Clayton said he had met his friend who was the owner of the car and because Clayton was the more sober he decided to drive.

“Clayton said there was a bend and the vehicle went over the middle lane and swerved to avoid another car and ended up in a hedge.”

Clayton pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance after the incident in November.

He said: “I’ve no excuses. It was a really bad error. It has caused a lot of upset and I feel a lot of regret and remorse.”

Magistrates fined Clayton £233 and ordered him to pay a £23 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

He was also disqualified from driving for 16 months.