Man can keep his driving licence

Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Blackpool Magistrates Court.

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A FORMER accountant has kept hold of his licence despite admitting driving his car after having a drink.

Magistrates in Blackpool used their discretionary powers to save Alan Ward’s licence after hearing the 58-year-old would be virtually housebound if he could not drive.

The court was told the 58-year-old, of Ormond Avenue, North Shore, had collided with a parked Smart car which was partially blocking his drive last summer.

He was spotted by a witness, who said Ward denied any collision had occurred but admitted he had drunk one glass of wine before hand.

At the court on Tuesday he pleaded guilty to being in charge of a car while unfit through drink.

Hugh Pond, defending, said Ward, who had a previously unblemished character, suffered from a number of severe illnesses and would be virtually housebound if he could not drive.

Magistrates fined Ward £70, ordered him to pay £85 costs plus a £15 victims’ surcharge and put 10 penalty points on his licence.

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