Councillor Phil Jordan has been sentenced at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court today (Tuesday) after being caught driving his car whilst more than twice over the drink-drive limit.
As exclusively revealed by Island Echo last week, the 67-year-old local businessman was charged with drink driving on 28th November. As a result of the charge and pending conviction, he stepped down from his role as the Isle of Wight Council’s Executive member for public protection although Cllr Jonathan Bacon, the Council leader, cited ‘personal reasons’ for Cllr Jordan’s departure in an official statement.
Despite previously stating that that the situation was a “mistake, a miscalculation and an error of judgement”, it has been revealed that Cllr Jordan had 168 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in his system – the legal limit is 80.
Today’s court hearing heard how Phil Jordan was stopped by Police on Whippingham Road heading towards East Cowes at 23:45 on 11th October 2016 after officers observed a silver Range Rover driving in a ‘poor’ manner, drifting into the kerb and almost going into hedges. Officers also observed the vehicle swerving and harshly accelerating.
Police pulled the vehicle with blue lights and requested Cllr Jordan to provide a specimen of breath as they suspected he was drunk due to his slurred speech and glazed eyes. He failed to provide a specimen a total of 3 times stating he was ‘short of breath’ and as a result was arrested for failing to provide and taken to Newport Police Station.
In custody, Cllr Jordan also failed to provide an evidential breath test – officers say he was not genuinely trying. A blood test was then taken.
A female passenger – thought to be another councillor – was in the car at the time of the incident.
The bench was told that Jordan is of previous good character with no convictions or warnings and a full, clean driving licence.
Having pleaded guilty, Phillip Charles Jordan of Carpenters Road, St Helens has been sentenced to disqualification from driving for 20 months with a total fine of £370. Cllr Jordan has been offered to reduce the period of disqualification by 25% by completing a drink driver rehabilitation course.
In a statement issued last week, Cllr Bacon said of Cllr Jordan:
“Phil has been one of our hardest working Councillors, whose abilities have meant that he was able to deal with some incredibly difficult and complex matters that I suspect few others could have coped with, particularly the PFI contract inherited from the previous administration. His warmth, generosity and sensitivity have contributed both to the Independent Group and those residents he has helped.
“It is all the more sad that his time as an Executive member has come to an end as a result of foolish behaviour which cannot be condoned. Phil’s abilities are a great loss to the Administration. However, there is much work underway which we can and must continue to pursue to do what we can for the Isle of Wight and its residents. On that journey Phil’s support and contribution to the Executive will be greatly missed”.
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Cllr Jordan said after today’s hearing that he is unsure at this stage on whether or not he will be resigning as a councillor.