A nurse who was found drink-driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Huddersfield could lose his job, a court heard this morning.
Michael Walker, 27, of Longwood, was later found to be more than three times over the drink-drive limit after he was spotted by a police driving his Ford Focus along St Peter’s Street at 3am on Saturday, December 20.
The police car was forced to brake to avoid a ‘head on collision’ at which point the Focus, driven by Walker, began to reverse back onto John William Street.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Wright told the court: “He reversed up the road back into John William Street and police followed the vehicle along Westgate on blue lights.
“It does stop for traffic lights before entering the ring road and heading along Greenhead Road where the vehicle mounts the pavement and comes to a stop for police.”
The court heard the Walker was asked how much he had drunk and told officers ‘a few pints’ and was arrested.
But the court heard a breath test confirmed he had consumed 109mg in 100ml of breath.
The legal limit is 35mg.
The court heard in mitigation that Walker, of Benn Lane, is a qualified nurse working with disabled and vulnerable adults.
Abdul Ali, representing, told the court: “This is completely out of character. This has had a devastating affect on him.
“There is a high probability of him losing his employment as a result of this.
“This is an isolated incident and could jeopardise his career and effect the community.”
Mr Ali told the court his client had made a foolish mistake when he agreed to drive after a phone call from a friend in distress who was also drunk in the town centre and had lost his money.
Magistrates banned Walker from driving from two-years which will be reduced by six months is he successfully undertakes a drink-drivers rehabilitation course.
He was also fined £635 including £85 court costs.