Drink-drive roofer was more than twice limit

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

An apprentice roofer was over the alcohol limit when he drove to see a friend.

Ryan Burke, 24, of Marton Drive, Marton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 20 months, fined £200 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police stopped Burke after he drove a Combo van without lights on May 30 about 1am.

A breath test showed 75 micrograms of alcohol in her body – 35 is the limit.

David Charnley, defending, said Burke, who had no previous convictions, had been drinking in the afternoon.

He then went home and had something to eat.

A friend then invited to come round and believing he was fit to drive he went off in his grandfather’s van.