Dance teacher over the limit

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A charity worker who teaches street-dancing to under-privileged schoolchildren was caught driving while more than twice over the limit.

Matthew Wright was stopped by police because he was driving without lights.

Wright, a 24-year-old heating engineer, of Rossall Grange Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 18 months and fined £250 with £85 costs, plus £20 victims’ surcharge, by Blackpool magistrates.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said police saw Wright driving a Ford Focus on Edelstone Road without lights on January 11 at 4.45am.

A breath test showed 77 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Brett Chappell, defending, said his client, who had a previous impeccable character, had parked outside his friend’s house on a street for permitholders only.

Wright was persuaded to go out, and he intended staying the night at his friend’s.

When they returned, it was pointed out Wright would have to move his car from the permit holder only spot.

He had not had a drink for three to four hours, and thought he was fine to drive the car a short distance to another parking space to avoid a parking fine.