Blackpool: From the courts 28-05-18
Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
A drugs courier was caught with £4,500 of cannabis hidden under the floor of his van by Blackpool police.
Simon Chambers had agreed to make the trip because he owed his drug dealer money for cocaine, a judge was told.
He was apprehended because there was a police marker on the VW Caddy identifying it as a vehicle used to transport drugs from West Yorkshire.
Chambers, a 32-year-old marquee erector , of Thirlmere Avenue, Elland, Calderdale, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply the drug, drug-driving and having no insurance. He was sentenced to 16 weeks jail suspended for 12 months, fined £240 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £115 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford at Blackpool
Magistrates’ Court who ordered the destruction of the drugs.
Andrew Perks, 47, driving with excess alcohol without insurance or a licence
A former builder was more than three times over the alcohol limit when police challenged him.Andrew Perks, 47, of Dickson Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol without insurance or a licence.
He was sentenced to do 120 hours unpaid work for the community, banned from driving for 24 months and fined £80 with £85 costs plus £85 victims’ surcharge.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police on patrol in a plain car followed Perks Chevrolet after seeing him driving and believing by his demeanour he was under the influence of alcohol on April 12 at 6.45pm.
A breath test showed 110 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit
Perks had a previous drink-driving convictions from 2001.
Robert Castle, defending, said Perks had made a genuine mistake about his licence.
He not reapplied for it after his offence in 2001. He had paid for insurance but it was not valid.
In a report to the court, probation officer Brian Weatherington told the judge Perks said he had been to a friend’s home and had had several glasses of wine before making the foolish decision to drive about 400 metres to his home.
Perks had worked as a builder all his life but had to give that up when he had a heart attack five years ago.
Michelle Amer, 30, driving with excess alcohol
A chef was almost twice over the alcohol limit when she had a crash involving two parked cars.
Michelle Amer, 30, of Halton Avenue, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
She was banned from the road for 16 months, fined £200 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police were called to Fleetwood Road North, Thornton, where Amer’s Ford Fiesta had been involved in a crash with two parked cars on April 29 at 12.45am.
A breath test showed 66 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.
Hugh Pond, defending, said Amer had worked until 10pm on the day of the offence and then stayed and had three light beers.
She had been having matrimonial problems and had not eaten for three days because of the emotional turmoil.
Amer had intended catching a taxi but for a reason she could not explain she decided to drive home.
Jessie Boyland, 56, driving with excess alcohol
A mother-of-three who had been drinking reversed out of a parking bay into another vehicle.
Jessie Boyland, 56, of Newhouse Road, Marton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
She was banned from the road for 16 months, fined £300 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police received information there had been an accident on the Tesco garage car park Whitegate Drive on April 27 at 11.30pm.
Police went to the scene and saw Boyland who was driving at Citroen C3.
A breath test showed 58 micrograms of alcohol in her body - 35 is the limit.
Hugh Pond, defending, said his client had been suffering medical problems and lost weight, going down to five stone.
Boyland had drunk two glasses of wine and later went to collect her son from work.
He then asked her to stop at Tesco so he could buy a sandwich as he had not eaten.
She had only nudged the other car as she reversed and there had been no damage to either vehicle.