Bar worker admits drink driving

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A bar worker celebrated his first day in a new job with a few drinks after work and ended up under arrest.

Benjamin Hall-Freeman was twice over the alcohol limit when he crashed into a set of traffic lights as he drove home.

Hall-Freeman, 30, of Newhouse Road, Martin, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He was banned from the road for 18 months, fined £225 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £22 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said a witness saw Hall-Freeman’s Renault Clio had crashed into traffic lights on the resort’s Preston New Road on September 12.

The car was embedded in the lights which had been partially knocked over. Hall-Freeman got out and stumbled around then repeatedly tried to start the car.

A breath test showed 70 microgrammes of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit. The defendant told police he had drunk four to six lagers.

Paul Robinson, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had completed his first day at work at the Number 4 pub and then stayed to have a drink with the owner.