Man slept off booze in car after row

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A man was seen sprawling across the front seat of his car with his legs sticking out of the front door.

Peter Uzulins had drunk cognac after rowing with his estranged wife on their anniversary and then decided to sleep it off in his vehicle.

Uzulins, 43, of Nookwood Cottage, Blackpool Road, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a car while unfit through alcohol .

Latvian-born Uzulins, who works for a log cabin company, had the court proceedings relayed to him by interpreter.

Blackpool magistrates exercised their discretion not to ban him from driving.

He was fined £120 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge and had 10 motoring penalty points put on his driving licence.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said police saw Uzulins slumped across the front seats of a Nissan Primera which had one-wheel parked on the pavement in Rawlinson Street, Wesham on September 7 at midnight.

A breath test at the police station showed 63 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

Uzulins told officers he had been drinking at a friend’s and decided to sleep in his car with the intention of sobering up.

Jessica Partington, defending, said her client had no previous convictions and was mortified to be appearing at court.

Uzulins did not normally drink but he had argued with his estranged wife that day.

He had no intention of driving the car.