Drink driver fled boxing event in fear of assault

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A father-to-be was caught drink-driving for the third time when he fled a boxing tournament after being assaulted, a court heard.

Danny Bell was seen speeding at 60mph in a 30mph zone of Blackpool town centre and ordered to stop by police.

Bell, a 25-year-old mechanic, of Manchester Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and possessing cannabis when he appeared at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

He was banned from the road for 40 months, fined £250 with £40 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £25 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said at 1.20am police saw Bell in a Citroen Saxo driving at high speed on Central Drive on November 7 before turning abruptly into Palatine Road.

He was doing 60mph and police signalled him to stop. Bell failed to stop at first and then turned abruptly into Montreal Avenue before coming to a halt.

The court heard Bell had two previous convictions for drink-driving and one previous conviction for cannabis possession.

Steven Townley, defending, said Bell had put his car in a town centre car park intending to leave it there overnight while he attended a boxing tournament.

At the tournament he was assaulted, so he left and foolishly decided to drive home.

Bell’s partner was expecting their first child and he had realised he had to do something about his alcohol issues. He had now registered on an alcohol awareness course run by specialists.