Motorist ‘took a risk’ after drinking

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A builder told police he ‘took a risk’ by deciding to drive after drinking.

Andrew Smith, 45, of Ravens Close, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police received information the driver of a Rover was possibly under the influence.

Police saw the car on Waterloo Road at 8.15pm on October 5 and stopped it.

A breath test showed he was more than twice over the limit with 78 micrograms of alcohol in his body.

Smith said he left his car because he was supposed to be staying at a friend’s, but when he got there the friend was out.

He was very tired and had had nothing to eat so he took a risk and drove.

He was banned from the road for 18 months and fined £110 with £80 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

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