Jail for drink driver caught for 8th time

Macclesfield Express - - BY-ELECTION PREVIEW - STU­ART GREER

ASERIAL drink driver has been banned from the road for 15 years – af­ter he was caught for the EIGHTH time.

An­drew Philip Free­man, 50, was jailed af­ter be­ing caught driv­ing in Gawsworth with no li­cence or in­sur­ance.

At Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court Free­man, of River Street, Con­gle­ton, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing and driv­ing with­out a li­cence or in­sur­ance.

He also ad­mit­ted fail­ing to at­tend court af­ter he was re­leased on bail.

The court was told that Free­man had seven pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drink driv­ing.

Sen­tenc­ing him to 23 weeks in prison, mag­is­trates said the lat­est of­fence was ‘so se­ri­ous’ in light of Free­man’s pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and fail­ure to re­spond to non­cus­to­dial sen­tences in the past. Free­man was also dis­qual­i­fied for hold­ing or ob­tain­ing a driv­ing li­cence for 15 years.

He was also or­dered to pay court costs of £365.

Af­ter the hear­ing, a po­lice spokesman said of­fi­cers pulled Free­man over on Dark Lane, Gaws- worth, on Sun­day, Au­gust 28, at around 1.40am.

They had smelled booze as the 50-year-old ex­ited his sil­ver Ford Mon­deo.

Po­lice also said Free­man re­fused to pro­vide a breath test and was ar­rested.

Speak­ing af­ter the hear­ing, In­spec­tor Steve Grif­fiths, of Cheshire Po­lice’s Task­force, said: “Cheshire Po­lice are com­mit­ted to deal­ing ro­bustly with drink driv­ers who put in­no­cent road users at risk.

“This sen­tence shows that the courts are tak­ing the same stance so it serves a warn­ing for those driv­ers still tak­ing the risk. You will be caught.”

A spokesman for Cheshire Po­lice said: “At ap­prox­i­mately 1.40am on Sun­day, 28 Au­gust of­fi­cers were trav­el­ling be­hind a sil­ver Ford Mon­deo trav­el­ling along Con­gle­ton Road from Con­gle­ton to­wards Mac­cles­field which stopped on a dan­ger­ous sec­tion of road.

“He was later stopped on Dark Lane, Gawsworth and both of­fi­cers could smell al­co­hol when Free­man got out of the ve­hi­cle and no­ticed he was un­steady on his feet.

“Free­man re­fused to pro­vide a breath test and was ar­rested on the same day. While in cus­tody he tested pos­i­tive for al­co­hol and he was charged.”

‘He was un­steady on his feet’

An­drew Philip Free­man

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