11:28 Friday 15 November 2013

Drink-drive gym owner slammed with £415 charge

Written byMARK MCKAY

A GYM owner has been disqualified from driving and ordered to pay £415 after he was caught drunk behind the wheel in a supermarket car park.

Alan Ufton, 40 who gave his address as Physique and Fitness, had gone to Tesco, off St Peter’s Bridge, to buy his wife indigestion medicine when he was caught on October 5.

David Bell, prosecuting, told Burton Magistrates’ Court that Ufton, who runs the gym in the Rykneld Industrial Estate, Burton, had 93 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Ufton, who pleaded guilty to the charge, had been unable to attend an earlier hearing because he had fractured his skull, the court was told.

Sonia Lawrence, defending, said the offence was ‘out of character’ for Ufton, who can work up to 67 hours a week at the gym which is open seven days a week.

She said: “I would hope there’s just a financial penalty.

“There’s not a pattern of offending and there’s no suggestion he has been anything other than co-operative.”

Ufton was fined £300 for the offence and told to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Presiding magistrate David Pearce said the fine would have been £350 but for Ufton’s guilty plea.

Ufton was also disqualified from driving for 24 months.

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