School engineer was drink-driving

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An engineer who works in schools across the East Riding was caught drink-driving after he pulled over and had a glass of wine at the roadside, a court heard.

Peter Bradwell, 66, was caught by police weaving in the road on Armstrong Way, Beverley, at just before 2am in the morning.

The engineer has a contract with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to oversee the conversion of school boilers to the use of biomass energy - but a driving ban would mean he must use public transport and pay taxi fares of up to £100 to get to the rural schools where he works, magistrates were told.

The schools he works at are in Beverley, Walkington, Hutton Cranswick, Market Weighton, Wetwang and Kilham, among other places.

Prosecuting, Martin Hawes said police saw Bradwell’s silver Mondeo weaving around in the carriageway and followed it along Keldgate and onto Armstrong Way where he was breathalysed and found to have 65 mg of alcohol in 100ml, the legal limit being 35mg.

Defending, Nick Clay said Bradwell lived in Newark but stayed in a £40-per-night B&B in Beverley during the week because he had a two-to-three year contract with the council.

Mr Clay said the offence happened after Bradwell had driven from Beverley to Kegworth in Leicestershire for a meeting - before driving back again, despite already having commuted from Newark that morning.

He said: “It had been a long day and he had bought himself a bottle of wine which he was going to have when he got back to the B&B.

“He felt the need to pull over for a break and opened the bottle and had a drink from it.”

Bradwell, of Manor Drive, Bennington, Newark, was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £500 with £85 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

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