Blackpool: From the courts 25-05-18
Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Craig Bristow-Prime, 33, being in charge of a car while over the drink-drive limit
A man who had been drinking and was sleeping in his car told police who questioned him: “I’m steaming.”
Craig Bristow-Prime, a 33-year-old production operative, of Bamton Avenue, South Shore, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a car while over the alcohol limit.
He was banned from the road for six months, fined £200 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £85 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police received a report of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a Mercedes in Queen Street, Blackpool, on April 29 at 5.10am.
Officers saw the ignition keys between Bristow-Prime’s legs. He was woken and was unsteady on his feet.
A blood test showed he was more than double the drink-drivelimit with 76 micrograms of alcohol – 35 is the limit.
Hugh Pond, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been out with a friend but they got separated and he had no money for a taxi home.
Bristow-Prime decided to sleep in his car, went across the road from the nightspot he was in and got into the Mercedes.
He had no intention of driving it.
Aiden Simpson, 19, drug-driving
A teenager drove with two drugs in his system after going to a house party the previous night.
Aiden Simpson, an apprentice joiner, 19, of Ribble Avenue, Freckleton, pleaded guilty to two offences of drug driving.
He was sentenced to do 60 hours unpaid work for the community, banned from the road for 20 months and ordered to pay £85 costs with £85 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Brailsford.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police stopped Simpson February 2, at 10.25am, in a routine insurance check as he drove a Vauxhall Astra on Blackpool’s Lancaster Road.
He appeared to be under the influence of a substance and a blood test showed 108 micrograms of Benzoylecgonine, a derivative of cocaine, the limit of which is 50 micrograms and 3.2 micrograms of cannabis, the limit is two.
Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, was not an habitual drug user.
He had been to a house party on the Saturday night and had some cocaine and cannabis which was extremely unusual for him.
On the Sunday morning he had felt fine to drive.