A FATHER drove to collect his daughter through snow and ice while almost five times over the drink-drive limit, a court heard yesterday.
Percival Simpson was found to be more than four-and-a-half times the legal limit at around 5.30pm on December 1, Huddersfield magistrates were told.
Buses and trains were cancelled and many of Huddersfield’s road became impassable as heavy snow fell that day.
The court heard Simpson, 46, of Crow Lane, Milnsbridge, had driven to pick up his daughter who was stranded in Huddersfield town centre after finishing her shift at work.
Police stopped Simpson in his Peugeot 307 on Macaulay Road, Birkby, after noticing him driving erratically, said Carol Lawford, prosecuting.
Defending Jonathan Slawinski said Simpson, a chef, had struggled with alcohol since 1999 and had been affected by the recent death of his father.
Mr Slawinski said Simpson, who would drink up to a bottle of whisky a day, had admitted that the decision to pick up his daughter that day had been ‘ridiculous’.
He added the reading was high because Simpson had been drinking neat whisky.
Simpson was bailed to appear for sentencing at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on February 4.