Former addict in trouble after he was ‘let down by his lift to event’

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A former drink and drug user who completely turned his life round got into trouble with the police because he did not want to let fellow addicts down, a court was told.

Stuart Blow, who had become a drink and drugs counsellor, was due to address a conference and decided to drive himself when someone who offered a lift let him down.

He did not have the correct qualification or document to drive and was stopped as he drove along the M6 towards Blackburn. Blow, 48, of St Albans Road South, St Annes, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance or a licence.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months under the penalty points totting-up procedure and fined £110 with £50 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Paul Foster, prosecuting, said police stopped Blow as he drove a Vauxhall Vectra on the M6 at Samlesbury at 10.30am on February 3. Checks showed he had no insurance and an expired provisional driving licence. Allan Cobain, defending, said Blow had had problems with drink and drugs for years. About one year ago he went on a spiritual retreat and then attended AA meetings. He had not taken any drink or drugs since and his success was so good he had become a counsellor.

On the day of the offences Blow was due to address a conference in Blackburn of people having problems with substance abuse.

When his lift did not turn up he panicked as he did not want to let people down.

He decided to drive himself in a car he had bought to use when he got a driving licence and insurance.

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