Devon

Drunk police doctor Christopher Partington in car chase

A drunken police doctor who was arrested after two crashes and a police pursuit has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Dr Christopher Partington had also tried to evade officers by fleeing on foot after the second crash.

Exeter magistrates were told the 48-year-old doctor, from Knowstone in Devon, was an alcoholic.

Partington was sentenced to eight weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, and banned from driving for four years.

He had admitted drinking and driving, failing to stop after a road accident and failing to stop for a police officer.

'Obstructive' behaviour

Prosecutor Karen Ball said a police patrol ordered Partington to pull over on the A361 North Devon Link Road after receiving details of his car following the first crash in Bampton, Devon, in October.

Partington indicated to turn into a lay-by, but then pulled out again and sped off. He lost control on an unclassified bend and crashed.

He ran off, but was arrested shortly afterwards and gave a breath test reading of 134 micrograms of alcohol - nearly four times the legal limit of 35.

The court was told Partington had been convicted of drinking and driving in April 2011.

Mitigating, Partington's lawyer said it was a "very difficult situation" for an alcoholic doctor whose job included going to police stations to advise and assess people in the same situation as him with drinking and driving.

On the day of the police pursuit, Partington had been "very depressed" and had drunk "a very large amount of alcohol".

Sentencing Partington, magistrates said: "You have a previous disqualification for excess alcohol - a high level of alcohol - you had two accidents and you ran away.

"It doesn't get much worse."

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