Soldier’s drink driving shame

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A Lance Corporal with a flawless Army record blotted his copybook when he drank too much.

Akei Toa was more than twice over the alcohol limit after agreeing to be the driver designated not to drink to excess.

Defence lawyer, Tony O’Brien, said Toa would now face a two-year promotion ban by the Army for what he had done.

Toa, a 28-year-old from Fiji, who is stationed at Weeton Army Camp, Weeton, near Kirkham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 18 months, fined £430 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £40 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police saw Toa drive a Ford Focus through a red light on Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road on February 22 at 5.10am.

He was stopped and a breath test showed 82 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

Tony O’Brien, defending, said on the night of the offences Toa had agreed to act as the designated driver who restricted his drink, but he did not do so.

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