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Lecturer banned from road for drink-driving

Blackpool Police

Blackpool Police

A college lecturer was found four times over the drink drive limit, a magistrates’ court was told.

Stewart Harland had been drinking the night before and a breath test revealed he had 139 micrograms of alcohol in his body.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Harland, 39, a part-time English lecturer and a hairdresser by trade, of Onslow Road, Layton, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol before magistrates in the town.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision and ordered to pay £85 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge.

He was also disqualified from driving for four years by the court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police stopped Harland’s Peugeot on Talbot Road, Blackpool on January 2 at about noon.

It was immediately obvious to police he was extremely drunk.

Harland had previous drink-drive convictions from 2003 and 2005.

Steven Townley, defending, said Harland had been drinking the night before.

He slept and then later the next day decided to go and collect his car, giving no thought as to whether he was over the limit.

The court was told Harland was normally a law-abiding citizen who contributed to society, but one aspect of his life led him into trouble.

He was now getting professional help about his drinking, the court was told.

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