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Drink drive golfer clipped kerb

Blackpool Police

Blackpool Police

A golf club member who was seen driving slowly as he motored home from a New Year’s Eve event at the club was found to be over the limit.

Frederick Holmes, 71, of Elterwater, Knott End, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £250 with £85 costs plus £25 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Philip Potter, prosecuting, said police saw Holmes driving a Ford Ka slowly at Preesall on January 1 about 1am.

He was followed and officers saw him clip a kerb before turning into his driveway.

A breath test showed 47 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

Michael Woosnam, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, was an active playing and social member of Knott End Golf Club.

The night of the offence Holmes and his wife had been to a New Year’s Eve celebration at the club.

They would normally walk or get a taxi back, but Holmes’s wife had recently been ill, so he decided to take a chance and drive.

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