Drink-driver narrowly escapes jail

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A boozed-up driver who was reported by another motorist has narrowly escaped going to prison despite being four times the legal drink-drive limit.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Timothy McDermott, 46, of Worksop Road, Whitwell, was spotted staggering while getting into his van by a witness who followed him and reported him.

Peter Bettany, prosecuting, said: “A member of the public saw McDermott in Whitwell and called police because he was staggering and got into a van and drove away. She followed him and told police where he had parked at Belph and she waited for police to arrive and they breathalysed him.”

The court heard how McDermott recorded 140 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath which is four times the legal drink-drive limit.

Police revealed, according to Mr Bettany, that McDermott was red-faced, unsteady and had bloodshot eyes.

McDermott pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit after the offence was committed on July 7.

Paul Henoucq, defending, said McDermott is of previous good character and had been suffering a downturn with work. He added when things were difficult McDermott had turned to drink but he has since stopped.

Magistrates told McDermott his early guilty plea had kept him out of prison. They sentenced him to 200 hours of unpaid work, disqualified him from driving for 30 months and he must pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.