Drink-drive shame of de­signer to the fa­mous

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - STU­ART GREER

AMAN who de­signed the homes of the rich and fa­mous was found to be over the limit fol­low­ing a crash.

Re­tired in­te­rior de­signer Peter Ames-Greenall, 65, was one-and-half times the al­co­hol limit af­ter his Lexus was in a col­li­sion with an­other car in Mac­cles­field town cen­tre.

The court heard that at the time of the crash he had been suf­fer­ing from ill health and fam­ily prob­lems.

Ames-Greenall, of Ridge Hill, Sut­ton, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court on Novem­ber 17. He was banned from driv­ing for 12 months and fined £120.

Over four decades he had worked with the most wealthy peo­ple in south Manch­ester and Cheshire, in­clud­ing suc­cess­ful busi­ness­men and mil­lion­aire foot­ballers.

But Ames-Greenall was forced to close his shop in Prest­bury in 2013 due to ill health, a court heard.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “On Oc­to­ber 24 at 8.50pm of­fi­cers came across traf­fic col­li­sion on Hi­bel Road.

“Po­lice spoke to both driv­ers and smelt in­tox­i­cants on Mr Ames-Greenall’s breath.

“He was breathal­ysed and recorded 57mg in 100ml of breath. The le­gal limit is 35mg.

“He was ar­rested. He ad­mit­ted drink­ing a large whiskey at a house party in Tyther­ing­ton and was on his way home.”

Mag­is­trates were told Ames-Greenall had suf­fered from ill health and fam­ily prob­lems.

Damien Simmons, de­fend­ing, said: “Mr Ames has just re­tired af­ter 40 years as an in­te­rior de­signer.

“He was forced to re­tire late in 2013 due to ill health. The stress and anx­i­ety then led to him be­ing di­ag­nosed with rhu­maoid arthri­tis in April 2014. In the same year he was in­volved in an­other traf­fic col­li­sion when he was driven off the road.

“The nor­mally charis­matic man be­came very with­drawn and was caus- ing lots of con­cern to his wife. At the same time his son was hav­ing some prob­lems and he had to pick him­self up and help him.

“He was over­whelmed. He de­cided to have a drink at a sur­prise party. It was a large whiskey, prob­a­bly a dou­ble mea­sure.”

Ad­dress­ing mag­is­trates di­rectly Ames-Greenall said: “I very much re­gret that drink and I feel ter­ri­bly guilty. I am very pleased that no one was in­jured.”

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