Accused South Shore driver over the limit on way to Blackpool Magistrates' Court
A motorist was caught drink driving...while on his way to face a drink-drive charge at court.
Gordon Young was driving a BMW on route to Blackpool Magistrates’ Court when police got a tip-off he had been drinking.
Young, 51, of Bright Street, South Shore, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol without insurance and not in accordance with his licence.
He was banned from the road for 46 months and fined £150 with £85 costs plus £30 victims’ surcharge.
At the same hearing Young pleaded not guilty to drink-driving in a pink Rolls Royce with 95 microgrammes of alcohol - the legal limit is 35 - in his body on June 22 and will face trial on that offence.
Prosecutor, Sarah Perkins, said police received information the driver of a BMW on Bright Street, who had been drinking, was about to drive to court to face a drink-driving charge on Tuesday.
Police intercepted Young as he drove on Bright Street and a breath test showed 56 microgrammes of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.
Young had two previous drink-drive convictions from 2006 and 2010.
Hugh Pond, defending, said his client, who suffered from angina, said he had not intended to drive to court the day he was stopped.
He said had only reversed the BMW a short distance before police apprehended him.
Young said he had only bought the BMW the day before he was stopped and that he had exchanged it for his pink Rolls Royce.
His mother had died recently and his partner had left him so Young started to drink more alcohol than was good for him.