Chef’s drink drive shame

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A PIZZA chef was over the limit when he crashed his car through a hedge into a field.

Marc Ward, 23, of Copp Lane, Elswick, near Kirkham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said how, on October 29 at 4.55am, Ward lost control of his Ford Mondeo on Beech Road, Elswick, and crashed into a field.

Police officers found Ward at home.

When they asked if he had been driving the car he replied: “Yes I was. I’m drunk as well.”

A breath test showed 55 microgrammes of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been out in Blackpool. He had intended staying the night at a friend’s but there was no room so he decided to drive home.

The court was told how 500 yards from his address he clipped the kerb.

Ward was banned from the road for 16 months and fined £100 with £85 costs plus the £15 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford.