Pleasley trader ‘embarrassed’ by drink drive ban

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THE boss of a motorhome business who drove after drinking almost three times the legal limit is reeling from a road ban.

Gary Marsh, whose work takes him around the country and abroad, will have to employ a driver until his disqualification ends.

His Range Rover was stopped by police in Newbound Mill Lane, Pleasley, on December 17 as he drove home from a pub pool competition.

Magistrates at Chesterfield heard that he gave a reading of 97mcgs of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.

Probation officer Katie Shannon said Marsh (48) had owned a motorhome business for 20 years and employed 30 staff.

“He lectures them about their responsibility to drive legally and he feels embarrassed by the offence.

“He acknowledges he put other road users at risk. He drank heavily the previous evening and believes this may have impacted on his high alcohol reading,” Ms Shannon told the court.

She added that his main supplier was in Germany and he would employ a driver to ferry him around during the ban.

Marsh, who lives with his partner and two children, had driven only a short distance before police stopped him, said his solicitor, John Wilford.

Marsh, of Church Lane, Pleasley, admitted drink-driving on 17th December.

He was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and banned from driving for two years.

The ban will be cut to 18 months if he completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

He must also pay £60 to a victims-of-crime fund, with £85 costs.