Ban after first pub trip in months

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A pensioner’s first trip to the pub in almost a year led to him being arrested.

James Lomas had been drinking whisky and police saw him weaving about the road as he drove home.

Lomas, 63, of Primrose Bank Caravan Site, Singleton Road, Weeton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was sentenced to six months’ supervision, banned from the road for 26 months and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £65 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Pamela Baldwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police saw Lomas weaving about Mains Lane in a Ford Focus estate car on June 19 at 11.30pm.

A breath test showed 105 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

A probation report on Lomas stated that his mother had died and he had struggled with that bereavement.

He had turned to alcohol, drinking up to 10 bottles of beer a day at home.

The day of the offence he visited the pub for the first time in 10 months.

He had only intended having a couple of pints, but ended up drinking whisky.