Drink-driver careered into a field

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A drink-driver who was reported to police by a member of the public is likely to be demoted in his job after he was disqualified from driving.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on May 23 how Kieron Gollings, 25, of Shakespeare Street, Holmewood, Chesterfield, was tracked down by police after receiving a report from a witness and he was found to have exceeded the alcohol drink-drive limit.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam said: “A member of the public phoned the police after seeing the car and police traced the address and found him.

“He said he had watched a match at his mum’s address and had driven and lost control of the vehicle and ended up in a field. He said he panicked and ran back to a public house.”

Gollings pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle after exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit following the incident in April.

Defence solicitor Denny Lau said: “It’s a shame one mistake can have a big impression on people because Mr Gollings keeps on the right side of the law and doesn’t drink-drive.

“His intention was to leave the vehicle at a Miners’ Welfare but he decided to drive it home.

“He has been working as a grounds worker. In the company he works for people are split into groups and he normally drives a team to work. He told his employer what happened straight away. The outcome is unclear but he will not be able to be a supervisor and will be demoted to a normal groundsman. He lives with his partner and they have a child together. He’s the only earner in the family with his partner on child benefit.”

Magistrates sentenced Gollings to a £238 fine and ordered him to pay a £24 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.