Drink driv­ing car fi­nance boss banned

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ACAR fi­nance boss has ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing. James Stephen Wilkin­son, 35, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Mac­cles­field-based fi­nance firm Zuto, was beat­hal­ysed and recorded 73mg, more than twice the le­gal limit of 35mg, a court heard.

At Stock­port mag­is­trates court, Wilkin­son, of Col­liers Lane, As­ton By Bud­worth, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing and fail­ing to stop af­ter a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent in De­ce­me­ber 2015.

Mag­is­trates or­dered Wilkin­son to carry out 200 hours of un­paid work within the next 12 months.

He was also banned from driv­ing for 20 months.

Af­ter the hear­ing, po­lice said that Wilkin­son - a for­mer pro­fes­sional foot­baller - col­lided with a tele­graph pole and his white Audi was found on its roof.

In a state­ment, a spokesman for Cheshire Po­lice told the Ex­press: “At 2.07am on Tuesday, 20 De­cem­ber of­fi­cers were made aware of a road traf­fic col­li­sion on Mill Lane in Mot­tram St Andrew, Mac­cles­field.

“When they ar­rived they found a white Audi S3 on its roof.

“It had col­lided with a tele­graph pole, which had been knocked down.

“The driver of the ve­hi­cle was not at the scene.

“Of­fi­cers then traced the owner to a ho­tel and went to speak to him.

“At 2.20am of­fi­cers ar­rested the man on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing while over the pre­scribed limit and fail­ing to stop at a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent.

“He was taken to Mid­dlewich cus­tody where he took a breath test and was later charged.”

In a state­ment made to the Ex­press af­ter the hear­ing Wilkin­son apol­o­gised.

He said: “In the mo­ment I made a poor judge­ment and for this I am truly sorry.

“I am re­lieved the mat­ter has now reached a con­clu­sion.”

James Wilkin­son from Zuto was more than twice the le­gal limit

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