Window cleaner was five times drink-drive limit

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A window cleaner was almost five times over the drink drive limit when he was stopped by police.

Stephen Tordoff, 41, was driving along Dickson Road, Blackpool, at 1.30pm when an officer halted his van.

Blackpool Magistrates heard that Tordoff had left home at about 10.30am that day. He had drunk the contents of a bottle of vodka the night before.

Tordoff, of Waterhead Crescent, Norbreck, pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Police had been tipped off that he was at the wheel of his van while over the limit and when he was breathalysed he had 160 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – 35 is the limit.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said: “The police had received intelligence that Tordoff was a drink driver.

“This is a very high reading indeed.”

Martin Hillson, defending, said: “There were no aggravating factors involved such as speeding or an accident and my client co-operated fully with the police when stopped.

“Mr Tordoff has worked all his life and has set up a window cleaning business with 350 clients.”

Magistrates gave Tordoff a 17 week jail sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also banned from the road for three years and ordered to undergo two years supervision.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.