A third time drink-driver was told by a court he had escaped going to prison by a hair’s breadth.
Harrison Chamberlain, 25, of Briarwood Drive, Bispham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, while disqualified and without insurance.
He was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work for the community, put on two years supervision and told to pay £85 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge. And he has been banned from driving for five years by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Presiding magistrate Julia Jones warned Chamberlain: “You have come within a hair’s breadth this morning of going into custody.”
Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said police stopped Chamberlain as he drove a Ford Transit flat-bed van on Briarwood Drive on August 17 at 8pm.
He was almost twice over the limit with 67 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.
He had two previous convictions for drink-driving, the court was told.
Mitch Sarangi, defending, said Chamberlain had brought a bag to court as he had believed it was a distinct possibility he would go to prison.
Mr Sarangi added: “He is going to have to have a long hard look at his alcohol consumption.”