Driving teacher was over the limit

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A FORMER driving instructor was caught over the limit after police were tipped off about a drinker in Cromford.

Officers were asked to watch out for the driver of a Renault Megane when he left the village community centre.

They parked around the corner and saw Allan Richardson drive past them at 10.17pm on June 28, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

“The vehicle wasn’t keeping to a straight line and it was stopped in Derby Road. The defendant got out and stumbled before walking to the front of the police car.

“He failed a roadside breath test and he was arrested and taken to Buxton police station,” said Andrew Legge, prosecuting.

Richardson, 56, went on to give a reading of 64mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath - almost double the 35mcgs limit.

Richardson, a disabled ex-serviceman and former driving instructor, of Lathkill Lane, Whatstandwell, admitted drink-driving.

He was fined £125, with £85 costs, and received a 17-month road ban, to be cut to 13 months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

“It was the first time he had been to that club - he was trying to make some new friends,” said Matt Evans, for Richardson.

“He is registered disabled and not a mobile man. He denies veering in the road and says he didn’t stumble due to alcohol, he was obtaining his sticks.

“He has had a clean licence for 40 years and he is deeply sorry and ashamed.”

Mr Evans added: “He suffered a serious injury during the conflict in Northern Ireland when a bomb went off close to where he was.”