A singer called ‘Manc Sinatra’ has been banned from the roads for drink driving in his Mercedes after he was blown away after a night out to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday.
Cole Page, 57, was detained at his home at midnight in his shorts and pink Ralph Lauren T-shirt after police received an anonymous tip that he had been drinking heavily while eating oysters and seafood pasta at a trendy restaurant in Cheshire.
Tests showed that the divorced father of two was eleven micrograms above the alcohol limit.
Page, on Sycamore Avenue in Chadderton, who boasts of performing for ‘dignitaries from the worlds of politics, music and sport’, later admitted to drinking an ’empty’ red wine, stocking shandy and vodka and cola during his meal.
But he insisted he only got drunk at home after an altercation with makeup artist girlfriend Sarra Slimane, 35.
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At Wigan court he was found guilty of drink driving and was disqualified for 12 months and was also fined £ 180 and ordered to pay £ 234 in costs.
The jazz singer, who calls himself ‘Swing King’, is a well-known crooner at swish charity events and concerts and has been known to entertain VIPs such as Bill Clinton, Kylie Minogue, Sir Alex Ferguson, Alan Shearer and Jonny Wilkinson.
The incident took place on August 11 last year after Page drove Miss Slimane in his £ 40,000 127km / h GLC car to meet friends at Piccolino’s restaurant in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
Prosecutor Anne Deakin said: ” At. At 20.15, the police received an anonymous call that this defendant was at the restaurant, drinking and wanted to drive home in his Mercedes. At 12.05, two officers attended the defendant’s address and saw his car park outside. He was seen taking a sip from a bottle behind him.
” There should then be 20 minutes between the last drink of alcohol and the breath test, which was positive. Defendants were arrested and warned and taken to the police station.
” He was asked if he had drunk alcohol or any other drink and he said ‘half a bottle of vodka and a Heineken’ ‘. He stated that he had gone to Piccolino around noon. 16:30 with a group of friends to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday.
” While in the restaurant, he had drunk a stock of shandy, a glass of red wine and a vodka and cola. Then he went to a friend’s address living around the corner before driving to his girlfriend’s address. They had an argument in the car on the way home.
“His girlfriend went straight to bed when they got to the address, and he then said he drank about a quarter bottle of vodka and opened a bottle of Heineken. He took a mouthful as the officers attended the front door.”
Tests showed that Page had 46 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal limit is 35 mg.
The singer, who refused drink-driving, told the hearing: ” I arrived at the restaurant at. 16:30 and I was the designated driver. It was my partner’s birthday, but when drinks were ordered, I had a stock of shandy.
“A friend ordered a bottle of red wine and I had an inch in a glass. I drove when it was my duty for the evening. We had oysters between us and garlic bread, then I had seafood pasta with more bread.
” I drank water throughout the meal and Coca-Cola, even though I had a vodka coke early in the evening. The fact is, I was the designated driver and I would not have put my partner in danger.
” I’m a singer and I also work around the UK and the world. I can ‘t endanger my career. We left the restaurant at 21:30 and went to a friend’s house in Wilmslow where I drank coca-cola. My partner, Sarra, drank vodka cola and was quite drunk at this point.
” We left at 10.15pm and she was pretty lumpy and we had a tiff in the car. She was tired and went straight to bed, and when I got home I opened the vodka.
“I was a little sad because she went to bed and I must have drunk between a quarter and a half of the bottle. I drowned my sorrows, then I opened the bottle Heineken and took a sip.
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He added: ” ‘There was a knock on the door and I was surprised to find the police there. A police officer mentioned that they had an anonymous phone call around 1 p.m. 20.30 that I was drunk driving, but at that time I was still in the restaurant with my partner and other people.
” I was so surprised when they asked me if I had driven. I said ‘no’ because I panicked. Then I realized I had gotten a drink here and I apologized and said, ‘yes, I was driving’. What I have said is a true and honest account of exactly what happened that night. I had been drinking all day, then my reading had gone through the roof. I was not drunk driving – I did not want to drink and drive.
“I am 58 years old this year, and my life as a professional depends on driving. I also have children. ”
To remedy, lawyer Jeremy Spencer defended: ” Mr Page’s profession is a singer, and like most people in that industry, there is no work. He receives universal credit. His financial punishment should reflect that. ”
Page, who was charged under his real name Trevor Page, was offered a spot on a drunk driving course. JPs said: ” We find that Mr Page’s evidence lacked credibility due to its inconsistencies. ”