Police officer forced to get out of path of drunk driver

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A motorist who was four times over the drink drive limit almost knocked down a policeman who stepped into the road to signal him to stop.

Stephen McCairns took a breath test afterwards which showed he had 159 micrograms of alcohol in his body at 8.55am on the Sunday morning – 35 is the limit.

McCairns, a 47-year-old assembly line worker, of Grasmere Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was sentenced to eight weeks’ jail, suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 60 hours’ unpaid work for the community, banned from driving for three years and told to pay £85 costs by Blackpool magistrates.

The court heard the police officer was on Preston New Road at the junction of Paddock Drive, Blackpool, on June 23 at 8.55am.

He saw McCairns Fiat Punto speeding at 44mph. McCairns then began driving erratically.

The officer stepped into the road and held his hand up signalling for McCairns to stop.

The officer was forced to step quickly aside because he believed McCairns was not going to halt.

McCairns passed the officer and finally pulled up about 40 metres away.

Alan Godwin, defending, said his client had drunk a lot of alcohol over the weekend.

He added: “ He says he does not have a major drink problem – it was a one-off situation.”

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