A SECURITY officer drove out to an alarm call while under the influence of alcohol, a court has heard.
Ian Stewart, 43, appeared before Wrexham magistrates yesterday where he pleaded guilty to driving his Nissan Almera on the A483 near Rossett with 68 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
The court heard Stewart, chief loss prevention officer at Debenhams in Chester, had been to a football match in Oswestry on the night of August 30 and had a couple of pints despite being on call.
He went home to bed without eating but in the early hours of August 31 received an alarm call out from the store and decided to drive to Chester.
Magistrates were told Stewart, of Vyrnwy Way, Oswestry, was likely to face losing his job of 13 years if he was banned from driving.
He was said to be going through a difficult time when the offence occurred, having split up with his wife.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said: “In the early hours of August 31, officers were on duty on the A483.
“Their attention was drawn to a car travelling northbound which was swaying in its lane and drifting towards vehicles overtaking it.
“The defendant was stopped near Rossett at junction four.”
A breath test was carried out which was returned positive and Stewart was taken into custody.
Stephen Edwards, defending, described the likely consequences of his conviction as “an unmitigated disaster”.
He said: “He thinks he will probably get the sack as it’s a condition that he has to travel to his place of work by car and has to be on call.
“On two days a week he’s on call so if there’s a break in, he has to go out to deal with it.
“Unfortunately on this particular occasion he had gone to watch a game of football in Oswestry and had a couple of pints.
“He went home and didn’t have anything to eat.
“His bleeper went off and on his way to Chester he was stopped by police officers.
“The fact he has recently seperated from his wife and moved out of the matrimonial home is very upsetting for him.”
He added: “He’s very upset about coming to court. He is ashamed and he apologises.”
Magistrates banned Stewart from driving for 16 months and fined him £300.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £30 victim surcharge.