Drunk mental health worker crashed into Promenade bollard

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A man was almost three times the alcohol limit when he crashed into a bollard at 9am one morning.

Phillip Bulmer said he had gone to the Promenade at Rossall and drunk vodka before going to a takeaway.

This was an exceptionally high reading. You were lucky you did not injure anyone else

Bulmer, a 46-year-old mental health services worker, of Thornton Gate, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to to driving with excess alcohol.

Presiding magistrate, David Hearton, told him: “This was an exceptionally high reading. You were lucky you did not injure anyone else.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police were called to Rossall Road, Cleveleys, where Bulmer’s Peugeot had collided with a bollard and lost a wheel, on March 17 at 9.10am.

He was taken to hospital, but after being discharged a breath test showed 103 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said her client had no previous convictions and added: “He has been exemplary in character and this has been a fall from grace for him. He spends a great deal of his time for the benefit of the community. He has shown genuine remorse.”

Bulmer was banned from the road for 24 months, fined £460 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £46 victims’ surcharge.