Dad drove to buy wine while 3 times over limit

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A DAD of three drove to buy booze and cig­a­rettes while more than three times the drink drive limit, a court heard.

An off-duty po­lice officer spot­ted Daniel Clay­ton, 32, buy­ing wine in a garage and sus­pected he had been drink­ing.

The officer fol­lowed Clay­ton, of Grimshaw Lane, Bolling­ton, as he drove off and called for help from other of­fi­cers, the hear­ing was told.

Clay­ton was stopped on Grimshaw Lane and a road­side breath test showed he had 110 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath, more than three times the le­gal limit of 35.

Eileen Rodgers, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “A po­lice officer had fin­ished work and was go­ing home. He stopped at the garage to buy some items and saw the de­fen­dant buy­ing wine. He could clearly see he was in­tox­i­cated.”

Clay­ton pleaded guilty at Stock­port Mag­is­trates Court to drink driv­ing on Fe­bru­ary 5.

De­fend­ing, Howard Bern­stein said: “He trav­elled a short dis­tance to buy cig­a­rettes. He doesn’t know why he did it.”

Clay­ton was given a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der with 80 hours un­paid work and banned from driv­ing for 12 months.

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