Crash driver over the limit

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A man who crashed his van into a farmer’s field was more than four times over the alcohol limit when he was breathalised.

David Ainsworth, who had an alcohol reading of 144 micrograms – the limit is 35 – said he had not been intoxicated at the time of the accident, but he had drunk alcohol after the crash.

Ainsworth, 46, of Hodgson Avenue, Freckleton, denied driving with excess alcohol but was found guilty of the offence after a trial.

He was sentenced to do 200 hours’ unpaid work for the community, pay £200 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge and disqualified from driving for three years by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate Collette Woodhouse said: “You were very fortunate not to injure yourself, other road users or pedestrians.”

In the early hours of July 3 Ainsworth crashed his Seat Inca van on West End Lane, Warton – ending up in a field.

A man tried to pull the vehicle out but it was stuck so he gave Ainsworth a lift home.

Police tracked Ainsworth to his home, arrested him and he was breath tested at the police station.

John McLaren, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had begun to drink more after the death of three close relatives and being made redundant.