Three-year ban for driver who drank a 7am gin

The Swan pub, Kirkham.

The Swan pub, Kirkham.

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A man drove from Kirkham to Blackpool after a 7am drink of gin and tonic and a night downing a bottle of gin.

Raymond Harrison, 65, called his morning tipple a “heart-starter”, and left his home at The Swan pub on Poulton Street, Kirkham, for an appointment with his probation officer in Squires Gate.

The nature of his driving was reported to police, and when he was arrested following his probation appointment he was three times over the drink drive limit.

He admitted drink driving at a previous hearing at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Mitigating on Friday, Steven Townley said Harrison had already served a driving ban for drink driving.

He said: “His divorce is pending and he knows he has chronic alcohol problems.

“On the morning of the offence he had a gin and tonic at 7am. He calls it his heart starter.”

The court heard how he was living at the Kirkham pub after being forced to leave his marital home.

He was seeing his probation officer about breaching a restraining order given for a precious conviction of assault.

He was banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay a £495 fine.

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