STOKE, UNITED KINGDOM, OCTOBER 5, 2012;
David Slinn (60) arriving at Fenton Magistrates Court, Stoke-on-Trent. Refer to NTI story NTICOP. An ex-cop who drove his Jaguar to court while DRUNK to answer a string of drink driving charges has been spared jail after a judge said he would not be “comfortable” in prison. Sozzled David Slinn, 59, was due to appear at court after officers found him asleep in his GBP30,000 car on his driveway with a bottle of gin on the front passenger seat.
When Slinn appeared at North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court on September 4, officers smelt alcohol on his breath and CCTV footage revealed he had driven into the car park while drunk. A breath test showed he was almost twice the legal limit and he was arrested again on suspicion of drink driving. Slinn – an officer with Staffordshire Police until he retired in 1999 – admitted the charge when he appeared at court on Wednesday. He was slapped with a five-year driving ban and handed an 18-week prison sentence suspended for two years after the magistrates were told his role in the force would make it “uncomfortable” for him in jail.