Brother falls into long arm of the law

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MAN upset about his brother being jailed for five years was so drunk he fell out of a car into a police officer’s arms.

Terrence Tomney, 27, of Central Drive, Blackpool, admitted failing to provide a breath specimen for alcohol testing and driving while disqualified without insurance.

He was bailed to December 20 for pre-sentence reports with all options including custody to be considered by Blackpool magistrates.

Keith Kirkham, prosecuting, said how, on Sunday in the early hours, police saw Tomney swerving about Albert Road in a Chrysler. When he got out of the car Tomney fell into a police officer’s arms, saying: “I admit I’m a drink driver.”

At the police station he refused to provide a breath specimen and checks revealed he was banned from the road.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said Tomney had come from Kent with his girlfriend to live in Blackpool, so he could visit his brother, who had recently been sentenced to five months imprisonment and who was in Preston Prison.

Tomney then argued with his girlfriend about his brother.

He had been drinking, but decided to drive round the block listening to music to calm down.

> Francis Tomney, 55, was jailed on November 7 for his part in a shoddy driveways scam, along with twin sons Francis Jr and Thomas, 21, from Cleveleys. All admitted fraud at Preston Crown Court in early November.

On Friday a judge ordered they pay back almost £1m as part of Proceeds of Crime hearing.