Drink binge put driver over the limit day after

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A driver was found to be over the alcohol limit the following afternoon – after drinking the day before.

Craig Steeden had drunk nine pints, four shots and a double vodka before stopping drinking about midnight and going to sleep, a court was told.

He drove to work after 8am the next morning and was waiting in his car for his wife at 2.10pm when he was spotted by police.

Steeden, a 41-year-old groundworker, of Chesterfield Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a car while over the limit.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £275 with £85 costs plus £28 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened on February 8 at around 2.10pm. The court heard how police saw Steeden in a parked Peugeot on Topping Street.

He appeared disorientated and the car engine was running.

His eyes were glazed and his speech slurred.

He told the officers he was waiting for his wife who was in a nearby shop.

A blood test showed 106 milligrams of alcohol in his body – 80 is the limit for driving. He had a previous drink-driving conviction from 2009.

Mitch Sarangi, defending, said his client had been to a function the day before and been drinking in the day and into the evening.

Steeden had gone to work the next morning. He had Sunday lunch and then drove his wife to a shop. He had been confident he was under the alcohol limit when he drove.