Drink-driver is sentenced

Scales of Justice
Scales of Justice

A West Hallam man was almost four times over the drink-drive limit when he was stopped by police just three weeks after he had got his licence back.

Mark Ilif , 49, of Station Road, West Hallam, was driving a Seat Ibiza when he was stopped by police on August 28. He was found to have 127 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Ilif appeared at South Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on September 18, where he pleaded guilty to the offence.

Magistrates found the offence to be so serious, because of the high alcohol reading, that they committed him to prison for 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months, and banned him from driving for four years.

Ilif had only had his driving licence back for three weeks.

He must also carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work and attend programmes for alcohol-using offenders delivered by Derbyshire Alcohol Advisory Service.

He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and £80 in court costs.

All drivers found to be over the drink-drive limit face a driving ban.