Drink-driving on disability scooter

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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AN old soldier who normally did not drink confessed to getting drunk and driving erratically on his disability scooter.

Ian Davies said he got carried away because Blackpool FC were playing and he had friends over.

When police tried to breathalyse him, Davies inhaled instead of blowing out into the machine.

Davies, 63, of Winnipeg Place, Bispham, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a breath sample for alcohol testing.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police on mobile patrol saw Davies driving erratically in his disability scooter along the pavement on Dickson Road on February 25 at 8.50pm before turning on to Topping Street.

The prosecutor said: “He was stopped and it was immediately obvious to the officer that he was in a very inebriated state.”

Davies, who said he received a war pension and disability living allowance, added that he suffered from a lung problem, but accepted he could have taken the test.

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months, fined £160 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £15 victims’ charge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

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