POMPEY chairman Iain McInnes has spoken of his relief after a drink-driving charge against him was thrown out of court.
Mr McInnes, of Brook Avenue, Warsash, appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday after being arrested on February 2 this year.
The 62-year-old had been pulled over by police officers in Warsash Road, Warsash at around 11.30pm that night.
He was breathalysed, which showed he was over the limit, and was asked if he would provide a blood sample. That found Mr McInnes had 87mg per 100ml of alcohol in his blood – 7mg over the limit.
But at yesterday’s rescheduled hearing, the court heard that there were inaccuracies in the prosecution’s evidence.
This included nurse Aisa Fraser putting down the wrong date of when she took Mr McInnes’s blood sample.
The court also heard PC Dawes, of Park Gate police station, recorded the wrong time of when the blood sample was taken, which was put down to ‘human error’.
District judge Anne Arnold said there was no case for the defendant to answer and that the charges against him were dismissed.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr McInnes said: ‘I have had lots of other pressing issues going on, not least the football club and medical issues with my family. So it’s been a painful six months, and I have been trying to keep this at the back of my mind.
‘My reaction to the ruling is one of relief.’
The trial was first due to be heard on May 14 but was adjourned because the Crown Prosecution Service did not have its case ready.
On the day of his arrest, Mr McInnes said he had been at Portsmouth Football Club, where he had two glasses of red wine with his lunch.
In the evening he had a glass of wine with his dinner.
He said: ‘The CPS did an awful job. It should not have gone to court again, after the previous case had been adjourned, because of lack of information.’
Mr McInnes became Pompey chairman in April after helping the Pompey Supporters’ Trust take over the club.