Ambulance driver admits drink driving

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AN AMBULANCE driver from Stapleford has escaped a jail term after admitting being over the drink drive limit while answering a 999 call

Robert Else, 40, was involved in a seven-vehicle pile-up on the A52 near the Bardills island in Stapleford on October 23 last year.

Four people suffered minor injuries in the crash, with one treated for a suspected broken leg and another suffering a suspected fractured pelvis.

Else, an East Midlands Ambulance Service driver, of Broad Oak Drive, Stapleford, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court last Thursday to driving with excess alcohol.

He was given a 12-month community order, including 200 hours of unpaid work, and was disqualified from driving for two years, a court official said.

At the time of the crash, he was en-route to an emergency call in Spondon, but was not carrying a patient.

A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We expect our staff to demonstrate the highest possible levels of professionalism and have disciplinary procedures in place to deal with anyone who fails to uphold our standards.

“Else ignored our requirement for staff not to be under the influence of alcohol when on duty. He also decided to wilfully break the law by driving a motor vehicle.

“Else was guilty of gross misconduct and we dealt with his case accordingly.

“Else is no longer in our employment.”