A DESIRE to protect his tools led a plumber to drive when he was two times over the drink-drive limit, a court has been told.
James Chatfield knew he had drunk too much to get behind the wheel after a night out last month, but he did so anyway, as he did not want to leave a van full of tools at the pub.
The 25-year-old admitted driving while over the limit when he appeared before the bench at Burton Magistrates’ Court.
Andrew Bodger, prosecuting, said Chatfield, of Lightfoot Road, Uttoxeter, was caught out when a police officer spotted him driving on Eastern Avenue in the town.
The prosecutor added: “He was concerned as to the manner of driving, particularly the slow speed of the vehicle.
“He caused the car to stop, and when the defendant got out, he was also concerned by his manner.
“He appeared to be in drink.”
Chatfield was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.
He gave a reading of 76 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was taken to the police station.
The legal drink and drive limit is 35 microgrammes.
Mitigating, Terrence Perry said Chatfield had called at the pub on his way home from work to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
“He had his work van there and all the tools of his plumbing trade were there.
“There were more than £1,500 worth of tools in the vehicle and he said he decided to take the risk and drive that short distance home,” the solicitor added.
Magistrates banned Chatfield from driving for 18 months.
He was also told to pay a £220 fine with £22 victim surcharge and £85 costs.