Cancer sufferer more than three times limit

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A dying man was more than three times over the alcohol limit when he narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian walking a dog, a court has been told.

Raymond Cullen, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, at first failed to stop for police who were pursuing him.

Cullen, 49, of North Church Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for two years and fined £185. He did not pay the fine immediately so Blackpool magistrates said he must remain in the court until lunchtime instead of paying the financial penalty.

Don Green, prosecuting, said police saw Cullen driving a Saab at excessive speed in Gynn Square on December 15 at 10.50pm.

Cullen almost collided with a pedestrian walking a dog over a road. When eventually stopped by police a breath test showed 115 micrograms of alcohol - the legal limit is 35.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Cullen had a drink at a woman friend’s home.

He had intended staying there, but they argued and he drove off.

He did not see the police at first.

Cullen had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and given approximately eight months to live.

His intention was to spend his last months in Portugal where he owned a property and had friends, the court was told.

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