Davies to appeal drink-drive ban

Fashion tycoon George Davies has been banned from driving and fined £1,000 after magistrates rejected his claims that he used Drambuie to "wash down" a migraine tablet.

The businessman, from Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, told the court he had only been over the drink-drive limit as he had drank some 100ml of the spirit to take the tablet before driving on to his own land in the early hours of May 12.

But magistrates in Worcester rejected his claims as "not credible".

They fined him £1,000 after also finding him guilty of failing to stop for a police patrol, which tailed his Maserati across the Cotswolds for more than five miles.

Davies, who found fame as chairman of Next, was also given a one-year driving ban, and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £965 in court costs.

Such a conviction will more than likely affect hiscar insurance premium when he next renews his policy.

Davies, who had denied both charges telling the court he had carried on driving because of fears he may be attacked or held for ransom, said he would be considering appealing the conviction.

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