Bolsover motorist is banned after third drink-drive offence

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A motorist has been banned from the road for five years after he admitted committing a third drink-driving offence in nine years.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court recently heard how Shawn Mitchell, 40, of Longlands, Bolsover, was stopped by police driving erratically in Chesterfield town centre.

Prosecuting solicitor Neil Hollett said: “Police on patrol saw a black Vauxhall on Rose Hill, Chesterfield, driving erratically and they thought the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

“The car was reversing and driving forwards and narrowly missed vehicles before he was stopped.

“The defendant appeared under the influence of alcohol and could not keep his footing.”

The court heard on August 25 how Mitchell was breath-tested and gave a reading that was more than three times over the legal drink-drive limit.

Defence solicitor Felicity Coats said: “Mr Mitchell accepts he has problems with alcohol and he had been going to AA and he is addressing depressive issues from the time of the incident.”

Mitchell, who has two previous drink-drive convictions from 2006 and 2008, pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit after the latest incident on August 7.

Magistrates sentenced Mitchell to eight weeks of custody suspended for 18 months with a rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was also given a 7pm to 7am curfew for eight-weeks with electronic monitoring.

Mitchell must also pay an £80 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 court charge.

He was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for five years.