Drink-driver banned after four-car crash

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A driver was more than twice over the alcohol limit when he caused a four-car crash, a magistrates’ court was told.

Brent Pilling hit a car being driven on St George’s Avenue, Cleveleys, and that vehicle then collided with two others.

Pilling, 63, of Brentwood Avenue, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for two years and fined £140 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the incident happened on October 19 at around 7.30pm.

Police were called to an accident involving four vehicles.

A breath test showed 80 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 micrograms is the limit.

When interviewed, Pilling said he had drunk two pints at a pub and then decided to go for a takeaway

Mitch Sarangi, defending, said Pilling had had a stroke some months ago and very shortly before the offence there was a bad fire at his home.

Pilling had been surprised at his alcohol reading, he added.