Car sales­man set to lose his job af­ter he was caught drink driv­ing fol­low­ing long day at work

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

A CAR sales­man’s ca­reer is in tat­ters af­ter he was caught drink driv­ing.

Bernard Rooney, 61, a cor­po­rate sales man­ager at BMW based in Crewe, was seen by po­lice swerv­ing along the road af­ter a day at a cor­po­rate event, a court heard.

When he was pulled over he was breathal­ysed, record­ing a level one a half times over the limit.

Rooney, of Rainow Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court last Wed­nes­day.

Joanne Clark, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “Po­lice on pa­trol on Farm Lane, Lower Withington on June 18 at 10.50pm saw a BMW wa­ver­ing be­tween the curb lane and the mid­dle of the road, and then cross­ing the line into the other car­riage­way.

“The car was stopped and the de­fen­dant told of­fi­cers he had drunk two pints.

“He was breathal­ysed and recorded 53mg of al­co­hol. The le­gal limit is 35mg.”

Mag­is­trates banned Rooney from driv­ing for 14 months.

Claire Aldridge, de­fend­ing, said the ban would re­sult in Rooney los­ing his job.

She said: “Mr Rooney is a cor­po­rate sales man­ager at BMW in Crewe for seven years, which makes this of­fence all the more em­bar­rass­ing for him.

“Nine days be­fore his ar­rest he had or­gan­ised a cor­po­rate event, work­ing long days, some­times from 6am un­til very late.

“On the day of the of­fence he had been at a golf club in Wins­ford where there was a char­ity auc­tion, which he gave out the prizes for.

“He drank two and half pints of cider over a five hour pe­riod and didn’t have much to eat. He is also di­a­betic.

“He con­sid­ers him­self an ac­com­plished driver.

“His job makes the of­fence very em­bar­rass­ing for him. He drives around 40,000 miles per year.

“He is on the road all the time.

“He knows he must pay the price for his ac­tions.

“Ul­ti­mately he will lose his job be­cause his job re­lies so heav­ily on hav­ing a li­cence.

“His em­ploy­ers made a des­per­ate ef­fort to work around it but it is not fi­nan­cially vi­able.”

Rooney was also fined £300 and or­dered to pay £105 court costs.

●● Blue Bell car sales­man Bernard Rooney

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