Heart surgery wait list man was over limit

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

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A man on the heart transplant list was almost four times over the alcohol limit when police arrested him at a hospital after being alerted by medical staff.

Angus Docherty drove to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after his wife was taken there by ambulance following an accident.

Docherty, 59, of Queens Promenade, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol without insurance and not in accordance with his provisional learner’s licence.

He was bailed for a pre-sentence report and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.

Sandra Ardern, prosecuting, said police went to Blackpool Victoria Hospital at 5.45pm on July 10 after being alerted by a staff member who had smelled alcohol on Docherty’s breath and was concerned he was going to drive with his wife in the car with him.

Police went to a hospital and Dochety admitted he had driven the Peugeot to the hospital. A breath test showed 131 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit. Steven Townley, defending, said Docherty was waiting for a heart transplant, but had been told by his consultant he would not be considered for one unless he stopped drinking.

Docherty was the carer for his wife, who used a wheelchair after suffering a bad injury. On the day of the offence, she had fallen from a stairlift and had been taken to hospital by ambulance. Docherty had followed in the car with her wheelchair.

Mr Townley added: “He says that since this incident he has stopped drinking completely.”

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