A DOCTOR at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital was more than three times the drink-drive limit when his car ploughed into parked cars, a court has heard.
Peter Cartwright, of Forest Edge Way, Outwoods, crashed his grey Ford Mondeo into two parked vehicles in Shobnall Street on the evening of Saturday, December 29 last year.
Emma Thompson, prosecuting at Burton Magistrates Court, said that when police officers arrived at the scene at around 9.30pm Cartwright confessed to have been the driver and was given a roadside breath test.
A further breath test at the police station gave a reading of 113 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.
Cartwright, 55, admitted to a charge of drink-driving and magistrates asked for a pre-sentence report to be carried out by the probation service before they passed their judgement.
The probation officer told the court: “The defendant told me that on the day of the offence he travelled to London on the train, leaving his car at Burton Railway Station.
“He said he had three pints of lager and two glasses of wine over lunch. When he returned home that evening he decided to drive home as he thought he would not be over the limit as it had been a while since he had drunk.
“He said his actions were stupid and acknowledges his judgement may have been affected by alcohol.
“He is a doctor at Burton hospital and is unsure about the impact (of the case) on his employment situation.”
Michael Taylor, defending, said the incident was a ‘complete aberration’ which Cartwright very much regrets.
“It was completely out of character”, he said. “He is going to be punished by the inevitable driving ban and also the effect on his employment.”
Cartwright was given a community order for 12 months including 140 hours of unpaid work. He was also disqualified from driving for 28 months.