AN alcoholic who drove at speeds of 90mph along the A38 and narrowly avoided hitting two children on a pedestrian crossing while nearly four times the drink-drive limit has been jailed.
Stephen Miles, 50, was seen swerving between lanes on the busy dual carriageway and had also ignored a red light at a pedestrian crossing in Willington Road, close to Repton School, during his drunken journey, coming perilously close to hitting two children.
An off-duty police officer, who had noticed Mr Miles’ erratic driving, followed him onto the A38, and ‘struggled to keep up’ as he reached speeds of 90mph.
Mr Miles, who was also convicted of drink-driving in 2006, was followed to his home in Claymills Road, Stretton, where he was found to have 131 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
His actions were described as ‘reckless and irresponsible’ at Burton Magistrates’ Court.
Giles Rowden, prosecuting, said: “There was two young children crossing and the lights were on red. Mr Miles drove through, nearly hitting the two children who had just crossed.
“He was followed onto the A38 where he was seen swerving between lanes. He exited onto Derby Road and pulled up at his home. He was clearly affected by alcohol.”
Neil O’Driscoll, defending, said: “He pleaded guilty from the outset and accepted responsibility. Clearly his driving was bad, his actions were irresponsible and reckless.
“It is clear he has serious medical issues. He is an alcoholic and has attended AA meetings which shows he appreciates he does have a problem.
“He is embarrassed by what he has done and says he doesn’t mind if he never drives again.”
Addressing Miles before jailing him for 12 weeks, presiding magistrate Mark Warfield, said: “These offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate.
“There was a high reading of alcohol, it was your second offence in 10 years, you drove very dangerously - through a red light at a school crossing and excessive speeds on the A38.”
Miles was also disqualified from driving for 60 months.