Drink driver in road crash given a ban

A South Normanton plant operator has received a 40-month road ban after 
being involved in a car crash while over the limit.

Jeep driver Joe Tennant told police he was 
emerging from the junction of New Street and Berristow Lane, Alfreton, at 10mph when he was in collision with a Ford Mustang being driven at an estimated 70mph.

Both cars received 
extensive front end damage and Mustang driver Kenneth Hill , 41, was taken to hospital for treatment to a bump to his forehead.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates that Hill gave a blood sample for analysis at around 8pm - six hours after the collision. It revealed 112mgs of 
alcohol in 100mls of blood, the limit being 80mgs.

Hill told police he had been drinking heavily the previous night and was on his way home from work at the time of the offence.

Hill, of Thornhill Drive, admitted drink-driving on September 23.

“He doesn’t accept driving at 70mph. He says it was 30mph and the other driver was at fault for not seeing him and pulling out in front of him,” said Jon Barber, for Hill.

“He didn’t believe he was over the limit,” Mr Barber told the hearing.

He was ordered to do 140 hours unpaid work and banned him from driving for 40 months, with £85 costs.