Drink-driver caught at Bosley road block

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AFARMER was caught drink driv­ing on a road cor­doned off by po­lice near the site of the Bosley ex­plo­sion, a court heard.

Thomas John­son, 64, told mag­is­trates he had been at a party and had given a lift home to a friend when he was caught driv­ing on Tun­stall Road in Bosley.

He told po­lice the road block was ‘in­con­ve­nient’, the hear­ing was told.

Tun­stall Road had been cor­doned off by po­lice while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing into the dev­as­tat­ing ex­plo­sion at Bosley wood mill in July.

When po­lice stopped him on the road, John­son, of Bux­ton Road, Bosley, was over the drink-drive limit.

Pros­e­cut­ing at Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates Court, Deb­bie Byrne said: “The de­fen­dant was seen by an of­fi­cer to drive through the road closed area.

“It was closed due to a crime scene and the of­fi­cer was on traf­fic duty.

“The

de­fen­dant was stopped and smelled of al­co­hol and gave a pos­i­tive breath test.

“When asked why he was driv­ing through the closed road, he said he was aware it was closed and that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing but found it in­con­ve­nient.”

A breath test showed a read­ing of 47 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100ml of breath, when the le­gal limit is 35.

He pleaded guilty to drink driv­ing in his Mit­subishi Shogun on Au­gust 16.

John­son, who de­fended him­self in court, said: “It was a bad mis­take.

“I’m not a drink­ing man, I never con­sume al­co­hol. I had drunk two pints in 10 years.

“But I was in­vited to a party and was strug­gling to get a taxi.

“We were up at the Wild Boar pub.

“A lad lost the plot a bit and started wan­der­ing about in the road when there were no street lights.

“I de­cided to pick him up and had dropped him off and was work­ing my way back home, that was all. I’m guilty as charged your hon­our.”

Mag­is­trates handed John­son a £200 fine and banned him from driv­ing for one year.

The chair­man of the bench, An­drew Kerr, said: “That was an ex­pen­sive in­con­ve­nience as now you are be­fore the court for driv­ing above the pre­scribed limit.

“You have be­smirched your good char­ac­ter in that re­spect.”

John­son must pay a £150 court charge, £85 costs and £20 vic­tim sur­charge.

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