Former Mayor ‘ashamed’ over drink driving

The former Maoyor of Calderdale Coun Ann McAllister.
The former Maoyor of Calderdale Coun Ann McAllister.

A Rastrick councillor has said she is ‘deeply regretful and ashamed’ of her actions after being banned for drink driving.

Councillor Ann McAllister pleaded guilty at Kirklees Magistrates to the charge after being found to be more than three times over the drink drive limit last month.

Speaking after the court case, the Conservative councillor said: “I am deeply regretful and ashamed and I am conscious of how many people I have let down.

“Thankfully no one was hurt and I will be doing the community service and will comply with everything the court said. “I am a recovering alcoholic and was told about my health issues.

“It was a blip but I don’t want to under play what I have done.

“I have a degenerative back condition which leaves me in constant pain and I can’t stand for long periods.

“I will carry on my duties and hope people will forgive what I have done.”

The former Mayor of Calderdale was seen stumbling near her Vauxhall Tigra car close to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on August 29 at 7.10pm.

The 63-year-old admitted to driving with 117mgs of alcohol in 100ml of breath after police tested her in Acre Mill, Lindley, after she had been out for a drink with friends.

Kirklees Magistrates banned her from driving for two years and she was given a 12 month community order with 40 hours unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The ban will be cut by a quarter if she completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

Councillor McAllister has been a Rastrick councillor since 2000 and was elected Mayor in 2010 before standing down midway through her 12 month term due to ill health.

Ian Hughes, head of democratic and partnership services at Calderdale Council said: “Although a criminal record doesn’t automatically prevent someone from being a Councillor, certain custodial sentences will do. This court case will not prevent Councillor McAllister from continuing her long service as an elected member for Calderdale.”