Former traffic warden drove through lights

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A former traffic warden was almost twice over the limit when he drove through a temporary red light in front of police.

Mark Threlfall, aged 47, of Sowerby Road, Sowerby, Garstang, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol without insurance, before a magistrates court.

He was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £110 with £85 costs.

He was also ordered to pay a £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool’s Magistrates’ Court.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said on March 17 at 3.40am police travelling on Blackpool Promenade saw Threlfall driving a Corsa which went through a red light which had been put in place because of roadworks.

Police signalled him to stop but he carried on through the roadworks and turned the wrong way up Church Street against no-entry signs.

He was stopped and a blood test showed 158 milligrams of alcohol in his body, the court was told.

The limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol.

Peter Cave, defending, said Threlfall had been out with the car owner, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

The owner asked him to drive and Threfall made an error of judgement in agreeing to do so.

Threlfall had been a traffic warden but gave up the job to care for his elderly mother.

Because he lived in a rural area, not being able to drive would make it difficult for him, Mr Cave said.

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