ONE of Devon’s most high-profile councillors is due in court today to face a drink-driving charge.
Conservative Christine Channon – portfolio holder for education and schools at Devon County Council – has been charged with driving under the influence of excess alcohol.
Channon, of Cricket Field Lane, Budleigh Salterton, was breathalysed by police officers following an alleged collision with a parked car.
The alleged incident took place on Saturday, February 25, at 6.40pm. Police were alerted by a member of the public.
Channon, who represents Budleigh Salterton, was subsequently arrested following a roadside breath test.
A police spokesman said: “The arrest followed a roadside breath test which was undertaken following a minor road traffic collision with the suspect’s vehicle and a parked car.”
She will appear at Exeter Magistrates’ Court today, charged with driving with excess alcohol. The reading taken was 61mcg in 100ml of breath, police said. The legal limit is 35mcg.
Channon is one of Devon’s best known councillors. She is chair of the county’s Children’s Trust Board, the Devon Local Admissions Forum and is the Teachers Joint Consultative chair. She is also on the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education.