An Ilkeston man who drove after drinking 15 pints of lager has been banned from the roads for three years and handed a suspended sentence.
Dean Fisher, 32, of Wentworth Street, was over three times the legal limit when he was stopped by police on May 22. They had been called by someone at The Little Acorn pub to say he was about to leave in his van. Officers waited on a nearby street and stopped Fisher, who had a passenger in the car, after his vehicle was seen veering across white lines.
A breath test found that he had 115 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
The court heard that Fisher had just received news about the death of a friend.
Lynn Manning for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “He got into the vehicle despite knowing that he drank too much to drive. He took a risk despite knowing he was unfit to drive. He failed to consider the consequences of driving under the influence.”
Danielle Abbott, from Derbyshire Probation Service, said it was of great concern that Fisher had been convicted for the third time of driving under the influence.
She said: “He appears to have not learnt his lesson from previous convictions. He acknowledges he sometimes drinks to excess and doesn’t know when to stop.”
Fisher, a window cleaner, who had no legal representation, told the court he was ‘sorry.’
The driving ban meant he had taken on a new member of staff to drive to jobs.
Magistrates handed him a 16 week jail term, suspended for 18 months. He was banned from driving for 36 months and must carry out 180 hours unpaid work, and a 20 day alcohol specific rehabilitation programme.
Chair of the bench, Kath Heap, told him: “We find this offence so serious that it passes the custody threshold. This is your third offence. Just what gives you the right to ignore road legislation and put other people at the risk of harm?”
“If you get behind the wheel during that period you could end up in prison.”
Fisher must pay a £150 court charge, £80 surcharge and £85 in court costs.