Wake ends in driving shame

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A BUILDER who had been to a young child’s funeral wake crashed his car into a kerb on the way home.

Mark Miller, who had been drinking, ran off, but then later returned to the accident scene.

Miller, 34, of Warbreck Drive, North Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for alcohol testing and driving without insurance when he appeared before Blackpool magistrates.

Jackie Garrett, prosecuting, said a witness on Handsworth Road heard tyres screeching and saw a Clio being driven erratically at 10.10pm on March 27.

The car clipped the kerb, burst tyres and stopped by the roadside.

Miller and his passenger got out and ran off.

Minutes later Miller returned to the scene, the court was told. A breath test at the roadside showed he was more than twice over the limit with 80 micrograms of alcohol in his system – 35 is the limit.

At the police station he failed to provide the required breath test as he hesitated before the four chances he was given to breathe into the test machine.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client had attended the funeral of a friend’s young child.

He had some drinks at the wake and for some reason he could not explain he decided to drive home.

He was banned from the road for 18 months, fined £200 with £85 costs and ordered to pay the £15 victims’ surcharge.

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