Ripley man banned for drink driving

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A Ripley man who took the wheel after drinking almost three times the legal limit is under “house arrest” at night.

Police on patrol in Church Lane, South Wingfield, stopped a Ford Fiesta at 1am on December 22.

Driver Ashley Dixon smelled of alcohol and he was 
arrested after he failed a roadside breathalyser test.

“He was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred,” Sarah Haslam, prosecuting, told magistrates sitting at 

Dixon was then taken to a police station where he gave a reading of 101mcgs of
 alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Mrs Haslam said the 
intoxilyser reading was almost three times the legal limit of 35mcgs.

Dixon, 20, of Ash 
Crescent, admitted a charge of drink-driving and was banned from driving for two years.

The justices also 
imposed a 7pm to 7am curfew for 16 weeks and he must pay a £60 surcharge to a victims-of-crime fund, plus £85 court costs.

Dixon’s disqualification will be reduced to 18 months if he successfully completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course, the magistrates told him.