Driving ban for Thoresby Colliery worker

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A Thoresby Colliery worker is reeling from a driving ban after being caught over the limit on his way home from work.

A motorist saw a Subaru Impreza being driven erratically along Langwith Road, Bolsover, at 9.40am on 5th October.

He saw the car weave along the road much slower than the 30mph speed limit, magistrates at Chesterfield were told.

“The vehicle overtook some parked cars and caused an oncoming vehicle to drive into a lay-by,” said Lynn Manning, prosecuting.

The witness called police who went to Malcolm Richmond’s home as he was opening his garage door.

Richmond went on to give a reading of 101mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath - almost three times the 35mcgs limit.

He initially claimed he had drunk some whisky after returning home - prior to police arriving - but he later came clean.

Ms Manning said he admitted drinking heavily the previous night and accepted he had lied about drinking after driving in a bid to evade prosecution.

Richmond (58), of Hucklow Avenue, Inkersall, Staveley, pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving.

He was fined £550, with £85 costs, and banned from driving for 23 months. His disqualification will be cut by a quarter if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

“His reading is based entirely on what he drank the night before. He had a couple of pints of cider with a meal and then half a bottle of vodka,” said Bob Bashforth, for Richmond.

He told the court that Richmond was at work at 6am and returned home early after having a minor accident that was not related to intoxication.

“He describes the offence as a moment of madness that may have significant consequences,” said Mr Bashforth, adding that Richmond had worked in the mining industry for 32 years.