Boozy parked motorist in Tibshelf is banned from driving

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A parked motorist who was found to be over the legal drink-drive limit has been banned from driving for 16 months.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday how Reece Bartram, 23, of Queen’s Way, Stonebroom, Chesterfield, had parked outside a shop on High Street, in Tibshelf, when police carried out a check.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “It was about 2am on December 5 when police were dealing with an incident not before court involving a particular vehicle.

“Officers saw a vehicle matching that description on High Street, Tibshelf, parked outside a shop and Bartram was in the driver’s seat and the vehicle’s tyres and engine were still warm.

“Police said Bartram’s eyes were glazed and he smelled of alcohol and he gave a positive reading of 58 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.”

Bartram told police he had been drinking with friends and gone to an address where he had more alcohol before going out in the car to get more booze.

He admitted to officers that he is a provisional licence holder only and he had driven unsupervised and without insurance.

Bartram pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit and to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and without insurance.

He said: “I have no excuse. I shouldn’t have been doing it.”

Magistrates fined Bartram £120 and ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

He was also disqualified from driving for 16 months and he declined the offer a drink-drive rehabilitation course to reduce his ban.