Police catch drink-driver in Matlock after tip-off

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A motorist who was suffering due to a breakdown in a relationship was caught drink-driving after he had responded to an invite to visit his partner.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court recently heard how Joseph David Parker, 30, of Olympian Way, Darley Dale, Matlock, was spotted by police driving his van after a concern had been raised that he had been drinking.

Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said during the September 25 hearing: “A concern was raised that there was a drink-driver and police spotted the vehicle parked near to the Railway pub and Pizza Connection.

“Police spotted Parker come out of Pizza Connection and get in the van and move off without putting his lights on immediately.”

The vehicle was stopped by police on New Street, Matlock, according to Mr Shaw, after it had gone to Crown Square roundabout and was going towards Tansley.

Parker underwent a roadside drink-drive test and was arrested.

Mr Shaw added that police also found Parker had white substance in a bag and he was cautioned for possessing Mcat drugs but he faced no charges in respect of this matter.

Parker pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after the incident on June 28.

Defence solicitor Kirsty Sergeant said Parker admitted having already had a couple of drinks when his partner had asked him to visit while they had been having a breakdown in their relationship.

Magistrates fined Parker £110 and ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 courts charge. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.