Road ban for South Yorkshire quad-bike drink driver

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A DAD has been banned from driving by Chesterfield magistrates after being caught over the limit on a quad bike.

Police received a complaint at 7pm on March 21 about a quad biker causing a nuisance on Mill Lane, Wingerworth, and saw Aaron Smith riding the 50cc machine.

“This was a serious problem at one time, probably less so now that a lot of quad bikes have been confiscated.

“A male and a female were with the defendant. They had some alcohol in a bag and he admitted he had drunk several cans,” said Mike Treharne, prosecuting.

Smith failed a breath test and was arrested and later gave a sample that revealed 109mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood, the limit being 80mgs.

“He was with some neighbours near the old railway bridge on what is now a large nature reserve.

“He was frank with police and said he had had some lager,” said his solicitor, Julia Bosworth.

Smith, aged 23, of Frederick Street, Grassmoor, admitted drink-driving. He had previous convictions for assault.

The magistrates fined him £215, with £85 costs, and imposed a one-year road ban, to be cut to nine months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

Ms Bosworth said Smith was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago and was receiving chemotherapy.

He lived with his partner and two children, with a third child on the way.