Sailor in drink driving car chase

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A MERCHANT seaman who was almost three times over the limit told police: “I have been drink-driving since I was 18 and never been caught.”

James Darwin, 36, refused to stop his Saab for a police van and had to be chased after jumping a red light.

He also said at the police station: “I can’t believe he caught me in a van when my vehicle is a two litre turbo.”

Darwin, of St Peters Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was fined £1,000 with £85 costs plus £100 victims’ surcharge and banned from the road for 24 months by Blackpool magistrates.

John Abbott, prosecuting, said about midnight on January 30 an officer in a police van saw Darwin’s Saab go through red lights on Bispham Road.

The officer put on his vehicle’s lights but Darwin would not stop until the police van caught up with him.

The court heard he had admitted to having “a few”.

A breath test showed 92 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Darwin told magistrates: “I am disgusted with myself.”

He added that it was not correct he had been drink-driving since he was 18.

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