Davies considers drink-drive appeal
Fashion tycoon George Davies is considering an appeal after being convicted of drink-driving when magistrates rejected his claim to have "washed down" a migraine tablet with Drambuie moments before his arrest.
He said he was "slightly shocked" by the verdict with magistrates branding his defence "not credible".
Magistrates in Worcester 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 in May last year.
The businessman, 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.
Davies, who lives near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, had denied both charges, telling the court he had carried on driving because of fears he may be attacked or held for ransom.
He also told the court he was only over the drink-drive limit because he had swigged around 100ml - or four measures - of Drambuie to help him take a single tablet as he drove on to his own land at around 1.20am on May 12.
But chairman of the bench Chris Bull said magistrates had decided that his version of events was not credible.
Finding him guilty of both charges, Mr Bull said: "The failure to stop adds weight to the prosecution case and we find that the account of taking a tablet and drinking alcohol whilst being followed by the police - or as you suggested a person of ill intent - is not credible while only yards from your home."
Speaking after the trial, Davies said he and his lawyers would mull over whether to appeal against the court's decision.
Davies, who has suffered migraines since having a tumour removed during surgery in 2002, told waiting reporters: "You have got to stand up for your rights. It would have been easy for me to say 'don't fight it' but I am a man of principles and I don't lie. I suppose I am slightly shocked."