Peter Scott, 52, pranged his grey Model S 100D Tesla hatchback into a parked car during evening rush hour on August 11 (Picture: Cavendish Press)
A businessman was four times over the legal limit when he crashed his £65,000 Tesla on the way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
Peter Scott, 52, pranged his grey Model S 100D Tesla hatchback into a parked car during evening rush hour on August 11.
Police found the computer software and app designer, who has designed content for Marvel, Hasbro, BBC and LEGO, sat at the wheel playing video games.
Tests showed he had 131 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
Appearing at Stockport Magistrates court Scott, who lives in Bollington, near Macclesfield, admitted driving with excess alcohol.
The court heard police were called by a member of the public who saw Scott’s Tesla ‘drive across the road and collide with a parked car’.
Nick Smart, prosecuting said: ‘The witness approached the defendant’s Tesla and knocked on the window but the driver was not responsive so police were called.
‘Officers arrived to find the defendant’s car engine was still running.’
Scott was banned from driving for three years (Picture: Cavendish Press)
When police arrived officers could smell alcohol on Scott’s breath, and he was given the opportunity to explain what had happened, Mr Smart said.
‘He said he had earlier driven to a shop to buy a bottle of vodka then parked up in his Tesla to play games,’ Mr Smart said.
‘He said he was driving to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting when he collided with the car.
‘He said he had been struggling with alcohol since the beginning of the pandemic. He could not remember much of the incident but remembered the location but not any other details. He is a gentleman of previous good character.’
Mitigating, Peter Casson said Scott had fully co-operated with police and ‘made full and frank admissions’.
‘He said he had earlier driven to a shop to buy a bottle of vodka then parked up in his Tesla to play games’ (Credits: Peter Scott/Cavendish Press)
‘Over the last couple of years he has struggled with issues including alcohol,’ he said.
‘He has 22 members of staff over his two or three businesses. He works long hours but makes no excuses for his behaviour.
‘He knew what he was doing on that day and that he would run the risk of being over the limit.
‘He has been trying hard to get help for his alcohol problem. He has spent three weeks in a detox unit and been to Alcoholics Anonymous.
‘He was on his way to AA when this happened.’
Mr Casson said Scott had bought the vodka on August 11 because he had been ‘mentally drained and had turned to drink’ but had been sober ever since.
The court heard how Scott had been sober since the crash (Credits: Peter Scott/ Cavendish Press)
‘He has now taken it upon himself to realise he has these issues and to seek help which he has paid for himself,’ Mr Casson said.
‘He has never been involved with the police before and accepts he needs help with his alcoholism.
He has gone to get that help and that is evidence he is taking steps which is massive for an alcoholic to take.
‘He wants to put his life back on track. It is a huge weight off his shoulders that this matter is now being dealt with.’
Scott was banned from driving for three years and ordered to complete a six-month Alcohol Treatment programme, 12 rehabilitation days and pay £213 in costs.
JP Dominic Stone told him: ‘You know what you were doing and you knew full well in buying a bottle of vodka, exactly what position you were putting yourself in.
‘However, you have sought help and funded your own treatment. You have no previous convictions and we are mindful of your personal circumstances. We are prepared to suspend this sentence of imprisonment.’
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