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Drink-drive councillor banned

Dad-of-five Peter Doyle, 30, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court to driving his Audi Q7 while more than twice over the limit.

Councillor Peter Doyle, from Shirley, pleaded guilty to driving while over the drink limit
Councillor Peter Doyle, from Shirley, pleaded guilty to driving while over the drink limit

A councillor who sits on a crime and disorder panel has been banned from the road for 18 months after admitting drink driving.

Dad-of-five Peter Doyle, 30, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court to driving his Audi Q7 while more than twice over the limit.

The councillor represents Shirley South and also sits on Solihull Council’s Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel.

Coun Doyle was found to have 87mgs of alcohol in 100ml of breath after being stopped by police near his home in Union Road. The legal limit is 35mgs.

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Coun Doyle spoke of his drink-drive shame in a telephone conversation with our reporter. He said: “At the end of the day I was caught with alcohol on my breath.

“I made an error of judgement and I decided to drive. I am very sorry and it will cause disruption to my family.

“But it doesn’t stop me from me serving my community and I don’t think it will take anything away from the good I have done in Shirley.’’

Asked if the driving ban was likely to affect his duties as a borough councillor, he added: “I’m right bang in the middle of Shirley so I have access to everything. And I think I will be a more considerate person because of this.”

Coun Doyle was born and raised in Solihull and has lived in Shirley for the last 13 years.

He has been in office since 2011 and is vice chairman of the council’s Land and Economic Development Scrutiny Board, governor at Woodlands Infant School in Shirley and a member of the Shirley Town Centre Partnership.

He admitted driving while under the influence on June 9 this year and was fined £1,585 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and costs of £100.

Solihull Council declined to comment, citing the issue as a personal matter.

Councillor Robert Hulland, Chairman of Solihull Conservatives, said he was unaware of the matter.

 

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