(2013) Tory Drink-Driving Councillor Put in Charge of Road Safety

Whenever you see the words Tory and Councillor together, you know it’s going to be good. Canterbury councillor Neil Baker has just been put in charge of the committee responsible for road safety in his town, despite being convicted of drink-driving just a few weeks ago. According to the Canterbury Times:

“Part of the new role is to advise the council’s executive committee – which Tankerton representative Mr Baker was suspended from following his arrest – on highways, road traffic and public transport issues. The 30-year-old father-to-be was hauled before the courts on January 7, after crashing his car into a tree in Whitstable while more than twice the legal drink limit.”

You couldn’t make it up…



Hat tip: http://order-order.com/2013/01/24/drink-driving-councillor-put-in-charge-of-road-safety/


(2012) New Labour Cllr. Paul Greenaway -DRINK DRIVER

A PORT Talbot councillor has been disqualified from driving after he was caught behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

Labour councillor Paul Greenaway, 61, who represents the Baglan ward, has been disqualified from driving for 20 months.

He could now face disciplinary action by his party.

A Welsh Labour spokesman said they were aware of Greenaway’s court appearance and it was up to the Neath Port Talbot Labour Group to decide on any action.

“The Neath Port Talbot Labour Group will decide appropriate disciplinary action to take at their next meeting,” said the spokesman.

It is unknown when the next meeting is being held, and what disciplinary action, if any, Greenaway could face.

Greenaway appeared at Neath Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to the charge of drink-driving, which police confirmed happened on October 2 in Heol y Nant, Baglan.

He had a breath test reading of 80 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

As well as imposing a driving ban, magistrates ordered Greenaway to pay a total of £470, which included fines, costs and a victim surcharge.

Greenaway, of Rowan Tree Avenue, was elected as a councillor for the ward of Baglan in May.

Read on: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Port-Talbot-councillor-Paul-Greenaway-hit-road/story-17167203-detail/story.html

(2012) Conservative Cllr. Christine Channon -CHARGED WITH DRINK DRIVING

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.

Read on:  http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/Cllr-facing-drink-drive-rap/story-15506469-detail/story.html

(2011) Conservative Cllr. Vince McMahan -THREE-MONTH SUSPENSION FOR DRINK DRIVING

A drunk magistrate who smashed into two cars while almost five times the limit has narrowly been spared jail.

Canterbury city councillor Vince McMahan was handed a three-month suspended sentence and banned from the road for two-and-half-years at a hearing on Monday.

The case was heard 65 miles away at City of Westminster magistrates court in London, after twice being transferred at late notice from courts in Folkestone and Medway.

Dad-of-three McMahan – who has revealed he won’t be standing for re-election – admitted drink driving after a session in the town.

The court heard he crashed into an oncoming Ford Focus in Western Avenue, Herne Bay, before skidding into a parked car belonging to city council officer Lyn McDaid.

The driver of the Ford – a 46-year-old woman from Herne Bay – was unhurt in the smash at 5.15pm on March 8.

McMahan, 50, of Plough Court , Broomfield , was arrested and failed a breathalyser test, giving a reading of 167 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is just 35

Read on: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentish_gazette/news/2011/march/31/drunk_magistrate.aspx