Jailed for eighth drink drive offence

Ross Foot

Ross Foot

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A man caught committing his eighth offence of taking a car and eighth offence of drink-driving after going on an booze binge and driving to Blackpool, has been jailed.

Ross Foot was almost four times over the alcohol limit when police stopped him as he tried to drive the wrong way down a one-way street in the resort.

Foot, 32, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to taking a Vauxhall Astra without consent, and driving with excess alcohol while disqualified without insurance.

He also admitted two offences of fraud.

He was sentenced to three months in prison, banned from driving for 40 months and ordered to pay £150 compensation by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Foot had been staying with his girlfriend at her parents in Liverpool for Christmas. On Boxing Day he took a courtesy car being used by his girlfriend’s mother. Foot also stole his girlfriend’s bank card and used it to withdraw £250.

On December 27 he was stopped as he drove the wrong way along the resort’s Church Street.

A breath test showed 129 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said Foot had an alcohol problem and went on two to three day drinking binges.

Foot said that on Christmas Day he had been introduced to cocaine and he was under the influence when he took the car and bank card.

Mr Coyle added that because he was high Foot spent part of the money he stole, on a length of rope and his purpose in driving to the resort was to commit suicide. Foot’s relationship with his girlfriend had now finished and he intended getting help.