Drink driver loses licence after crash

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A drink-driver who lost control and crashed into a kerb has been fined and disqualified from driving.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, May 6, how Shane Gregory, 36, of Stanhope Street, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, had been driving a Vauxhall Astra on the A61 from Glapwell towards the M1 motorway when he was involved in a collision.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “There was a collision and a barrier was damaged. Gregory was with a passenger and they had begun walking back to Glapwell.”

Gregory later provided a positive reading of alcohol consumption. He told police he hit a kerb approaching the roundabout and everything was a blur.

Gregory pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit and using a vehicle without insurance after the incident in January.

The court heard how Gregory claimed he had been in touch with an insurance company but they had wanted more money.

Bob Bashforth, defending, said Gregory had finished work early and had been drinking and had no intention of driving but a friend had wanted to visit someone else.

Mr Bashforth said Gregory had also set off walking home after the collision and had some cans of lager but he was not hiding. He also explained Gregory had a drink problem and is seeking help.

Magistrates fined Gregory £110 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. He was also disqualified from driving for 40 months.