Drunk drive at end of night

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A FORMER stockbroker’s Halloween celebrations had a nightmare ending when he was arrested for drink driving.

James Roberts, 65, of Cumberland Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Susan Doran, prosecuting, said police followed the defendant as he drove a Mercedes from Chapel Street to his home at 11.35pm last Monday.

Officers witnessed Roberts hitting several kerbs, driving too close to parked cars and cornering wide, before parking with his vehicle’s rear wheels on the pavement at the end of the journey.

A breath test showed 58 microgrammes of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.


Trevor Colebourne, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had worked as an investment broker before severely injuring his back in a fall at the Stock Exchange six months ago.

Roberts and his girlfriend had been out celebrating Halloween the night he was arrested.

She was the designated driver, but she then had an asthma attack and did not feel able to get behind the wheel of a car.

Roberts calculated what he had drunk and believed he was fit to drive but he was actually over the limit.

The defendant was banned from the road for 16 months, fined £100 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £15 victims’ surcharge by Deputy District Judge Mike Fanning sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.