Hunch led to drink drive stop

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A police officer stopped a soldier who was driving while over the limit because he had an intuition there was a problem.

Shaun McGarry, a 20-year-old Kingsman with the Duke of Lancaster Regiment, of Palatine Road, Staining, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £305 with £85 costs plus £30 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Andrea Fawcett, prosecuting, said an officer stopped McGarry as he drove a Vauxhall Insignia on Boardman Avenue on November 8 in the early hours. A breath test showed 53 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

McGarry, who had served in the Falklands and Latvia, had had three drinks in nine hours plus a meal and he believed he was OK to drive.