Councillor leaves at least one victim £3,000 out of pocket

Peter Whittaker and one of the cars damaged after he crashed into it

Bromsgrove Councillor Peter Whittaker pleaded guilty at Redditch Magistrates court Today (Wednesday 11th)of failing to provide a breath test after a three car smash in Feckenham on November 20th last year. He was fined £1,000 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £15.00 victims surcharge.

He was also banned from driving for 12 months it will be reduced by 3 months if he attends a drink awareness course.

Councillor Wittaker has left at least one victim £3,000 out of pocket after the three car smash.

This may be recovered by civil action through the County Court.

At an earlier hearing in December last year Mr Whittaker said he was suffering long standing breathing difficulties but this has since been dropped as his defence for failing to give a breath test. So he was left with little choice than to plead guilty.

A spokesman for Bromsgrove District Council said: “A councillor is not automatically affected by a verdict of this nature. Therefore, it remains a private matter.” Mr Whittaker has been a councillor for the Tardebigge ward since May 1999 and was re-elected by a landslide in the last local elections.

Mr whittaker was driven from Court by a local newspaper reporter

In the statement, Coun Whittaker said: “I sincerely wish to apologise for the incident on November 20, 2011, to those innocently involved, to my family, working colleagues and those in the wider community.

“I am extremely grateful for the continued support of family and friends and for the character references supplied by people I have known for a long time and which were presented to the court. These were taken into account by the magistrates when handing down the judgement that they did.

“It is my wish that I continue to represent the people of Tardebigge on Bromsgrove District Council and carry on with the work that I have been doing for the last 12 years.”

It is not yet known if he has appologised directly to the victims or offered to pay the £3,000 one of the victims were left out of pocket.

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