Drink drive teacher banned

Calderdale Magistrates Court
Calderdale Magistrates Court

A teacher who was caught driving at almost twice the legal alcohol limit has been banned for 19 months.

Newly qualified Richard Stead, 34, of Smithy Carr Lane in Brighouse, was stopped by police on Wakefield Road, Brighouse, on Friday 21 July.

Officers were alarmed when they saw Stead’s Kia Rio swerving around the round at 3am.

He was taken to a police station where he recorded 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 mililitres of breath. The legal limit in 35 microgrammes.

Stead, appearing at Calderdale Magistrates Court this morning, told the bench that he had been enjoying a rare night out with work colleagues and had driven home afterwards.

Stead, unrepresented, told them that he was a newly qualified teacher and that he had suffered from depression which affected his decision making.

He was fined a total of £540, including court costs, and banned for 19 months.

The ban will be reduced by 144 days if he completes a drink-drive awareness course before August 2013.