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Former police boss from Solihull in court on drink drive charge.

AN ex police boss from Balsall Common who quit his job after allegedly claiming unauthorised expenses has been banned from driving for being nearly twice over the limit.

AN ex police boss from Balsall Common who quit his job after allegedly claiming unauthorised expenses has been banned from driving for being nearly twice over the limit.

Derek Smith, a former director of finance and resources for West Midlands Police, resigned from the force last October over a £200 claim for a hotel bill.

The Oxhayes Close resident pleaded guilty at Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday to drink driving after he crashed his car into bollards on Kenilworth Road.

Baldev Atwal, prosecuting, said: “A member of the public reported an RTC (Road Traffic Collision) to police on May 4, where the defendant’s VW Golf had collided with a set of bollards.

“Police officers attended the scene and reported smelling alcohol on his breath.”

A breath test revealed he had 65mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the limit is 35mg.

His solicitor, Julia Morgan, told the court her client drank half a bottle of wine with a meal and half a bottle of lager later.

She added: “[Dean] is extremely remorseful and is devastated to find himself in this position before the court.

“He is a man of previous good character and he remained at the scene until police attended.”

Smith quit his £121,000 post after the force launched a misconduct inquiry into a £200 claim for a hotel stay in Manchester with a colleague, along with travel and other expenses.

The claim did not relate to his role with the force.

Smith was banned from driving for 18 months by magistrates and ordered to pay a £600 fine, £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

 

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