Council worker ‘shopped’ for drink driving

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A senior council worker sent home from work for smelling of alcohol was caught drink-driving after a colleague informed police.

Ann Bradshaw had been asked to leave Blackpool Council offices because a co-worker smelt alcohol on her breath.

Her car keys were taken off her, but she retrieved them and was two-and-a-half times over the limit when she drove home in the middle of the day.

Bradshaw, 58, of Smithy Lane, Stalmine a project manager for adults with learning difficulties, admitted drink-driving.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police received a call from staff at Blackpool Council offices, in Corporation Street on August 17 , saying a member of staff had been sent home from work because it was believed she was drunk.

Mrs Smith said: “Police were told the car keys had been taken from her, but she had got them back and was believed to be driving.”

At 1.48pm police found Bradshaw’s Hyundai parked on her driveway. Bradshaw told an officer she had drunk some whisky when she arrived home. A breath test for alcohol proved positive.

An expert’s back calculation of the alcohol in her body at the time she was driving was 85 milligrammes – 35 is the limit,

Bradshaw told police: “I have made a mistake. I should have phoned in sick.”

Ashley Fisher, defending, said his client, had a number of family problems.

Bradshaw was banned from the road for 20 months, fined £500 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £50 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.