Drink-driver was three times limit

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A care worker was found to be more than three times the drink-drive limit when he was stopped by police.

Garry Grant was caught after a taxi-driver in Lytham tipped off police, describing him as being “all over the road.”

Grant, 57, of South Clifton Street, Lytham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and possession of cocaine.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with up to 20 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, banned from the road for three years, fined £100 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £180 court charge plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said a taxi driver on Dicconson Terrace told police in a patrol car, on October 4, at 1.10am, to watch out for the Peugeot being driven behind him, because of the driver’s erratic motoring.

Police followed Grant after he turned down Bath Street and then put on their emergency lights and sirens. He did not stop immediately, but turned into Cottage Row and parked.

He told the police office he was drunk.

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A breath test showed 122 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

A small bag of cocaine was found in his jeans pocket.

Andrew Nottingham, defending, said his client’s mother had recently died. The night of the offence he had argued with his partner and had some drinks while watching sport at a bar.

Grant said the small amount of cocaine was for his own use, but he did not have a drug problem.