Drink drive teen twice over limit hits couple

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A teenager who was more than twice over the alcohol limit hit a couple as they crossed a road in Lytham.

Josh McPhail, who had been to a works Christmas party, then repeatedly asked his victims if he could given them a lift home.

McPhail, 18, of Orchard Road, St Annes, an IT worker for an advertisement company, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from driving for 22 months and fined £225 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge James Hatton sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told McPhail: “You are fortunate the damage you did on that night was not a whole lot worse.

“A foolish decision made in drink is something you have to be responsible for.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the couple were crossing Church Road, Lytham on December 19 at 8.20pm, when McPhail’s Punto collided with them. The car’s wing mirror hit the man on the shoulder as he heard a thud and saw his partner had been knocked to the ground.

He told the defendant to turn off the engine. McPhail then kept asking the couple if they wanted a lift home.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment and the judge was told she was still off work suffering from the after effects of the accident.

Malcolm Cartwright, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been to a works party.

McPhail had drunk three lagers and three wines, but had only eaten a sandwich at lunchtime that day.

Mr Cartwright added: “He does not remember getting into his car.

“He did not try to get away after the accident and was entirely co-operative with the police.”