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Drink-driver spared jail after crash

M.A.J. LAW
4 July 2013

A drink-driver who was more than three times over the legal limit when he was involved in a crash has narrowly escaped going to prison.

Paul Calpin, 49, of Calow Lane, Hasland, Chesterfield, collided with the rear of a vehicle on the A617 at Heath, Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, July 1.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Mahon said: A motorist came to a roundabout and went into the right-hand lane to go to the motorway. He states he saw a vehicle a long way off and after eight or nine seconds he was hit from behind. A report was made to police and a vehicle matching the description of Calpin’s Seat Ibiza was found on the opposite carriageway and he immediately said it’s me you’re looking for.

Calpin was found to have 136 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when the legal limit is 35 microgrammes, according to the court. The 49 year-old electrician pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit after the incident in May. Calpin told police he had been drinking with a friend and had parked his car outside his mother’s Eckington address where he had intended to stay overnight but decided to drive.

A probation report revealed father-of-two Calpin has been terrified of prison and has been diagnosed with depression. Magistrates sentenced Calpin to eleven weeks custody suspended for 12 months and disqualified him from driving for 36 months with a chance to reduce the ban with a drink-drive course. He must also pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

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