Foreman over drinking limit escapes a ban

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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The foreman of a building project in Preston ended up being arrested after playing the Good Samaritan.

Daniel Dwan, 45, of Park Road, Blackpool, admitted being in charge of a car while over the alcohol limit before a magistrates’ court.

Gerry Coyle, defending, asked magistrates to exercise their discretion not to ban Dwan as he work on the Government initiative of The Green Deal which involved 300 houses in Preston.

Dwan’s workers job was to render houses to reduce heat loss from them and if Dwan could not drive he would find it almost impossible to do his job.

Dwan’s wish was granted by Blackpool magistrates who did not impose a driving ban but put 10 motoring penalty points on his driving licence.

He was also fined £230 with £85 costs and £23 victims’ surcharge by the bench at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said on May 16 at 5.45am a taxi driver pointed out a Nissan which was stopped on Springfield Road, Blackpool, and said the car had been all over the road.

Dwan was in the driver’s seat and a breath test showed 58 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 micrograms is the limit.

Mr Coyle said Dwan and a friend had met some girls in a bar and agreed to give them a lift back to an address in Fleetwood.

His friend was driving and was moving around the road as he fiddled with the satellite navigation system.

Dwan told him to stop the car and he would take over. The police then arrived, he added.

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