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Drink driver ‘a pillar of society’
12:28pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
Andrew Chapleo, 50, described in court as a “pillar of society,” was stopped by police carrying out a routine check in Thornton-in-Lonsdale on August 26.
A breath test revealed he was almost twice the legal limit at 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Chapleo, who admitted drink driving, was well known in Ingleton and was recognised by the officers who stopped him, the court was told.
In mitigation, John Mewies said it was his habit to walk the short distance home after a night out in Ingleton but on August 26 had chosen to drive after an upsetting incident in a club in which a friend had been subjected to derogatory remarks.
“This is a man who had no intention of driving, but circumstances led him to drive the short distance home,” said Mr Mewies.
Magistrates banned Chapleo, of Thornton-in-Lonsdale, from driving for 18 months and fined him £110 with costs of £85 and victim surcharge of £20.
If he completes a drink driver rehabilitation course his ban will be reduced by 136 days.