Chesterfield drink-driver loses job offer after ban

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

An unemployed motorist who was caught drink-driving after she crashed into two parked cars has told how a driving ban will stop her from taking up a job offer.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard recently heard how Carol Carver, 57, of Whitecotes Lane, Chesterfield, crashed her Skoda Roomster on Mount Road, Chesterfield.

During the hearing on September 22, prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “The vehicle she was driving was in collision with two parked and unattended cars.

“One of the vehicle’s owners went to see what was happening and said she saw Mrs Carver in the driving seat of her car and described her as being slumped over the wheel.”

Police were called and Carver accepted she was the driver of the Skoda and that she had been drinking alcohol.

Carver was arrested, failed a breath-test and was taken to Chesterfield police station where she was further tested and recorded a reading which exceeded the alcohol drink-drive limit.

She told police she had been going to a chip shop on Boythorpe Road and drove around the block looking for somewhere to park but could not explain how she collided with the cars.

The defendant pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol drink-drive limit after the incident on September 5.

Carver, who represented herself, told the court: “I wasn’t slumped over the wheel. There is no excuse but I was quite down because I had lost my job through no fault of my own and I do desperately need a job.

“It had also been a hot day and I had been outside.

“I have been offered another job but it’s in the sticks but without a driving licence I can’t take it.

“I am remorseful and I feel so stupid. I am really sorry.”

Magistrates fined Carver £120 and ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge and a £150 court charge.

She was also disqualified from driving for 18 months but was told her ban could be reduced by 25per cent if she completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.