A DRINK-DRIVER who crashed into a lamppost had cocaine in his car.
Stephen John Clegg, 37, of Woodsome Drive, Whitby, hit a lamppost in his Vauxhall Astra on Liverpool Road, Chester, at 12.40am on December 9. He had downed three bottles of cider and half a bottle of champagne in a Chester pub.
At 1.15am, a police officer was made aware of a man walking alone along Liverpool Road. When challenged, Clegg admitted being the driver of the Astra and a breathalyser test revealed he was two-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit.
Prosecutor Rob Youds told Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston Magistrates: “He was found in possession of two small packets of a white, paste-like substance.”
Howard Jones, defending, said: “Mr Clegg is someone who’s had a gambling problem for many years which contributed to the breakdown of his marriage.
“Since the offence he’s been to his employers at Vauxhall and they have arranged a psychiatrist.
“This is someone who’s got massive financial problems at the moment. There are numerous debts he still owes.”
District judge Nicholas Sanders told Clegg: “The last thing I want to do is compound your debts but I can’t ignore the seriousness of the offence.”
He banned Clegg from driving for 20 months, fined him £400 for drink-driving and £100 for possessing cocaine, with £43 costs and a £15 victim’s surcharge.