Dad was over limit in morning

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A dad was over the alcohol limit when he drove his six-year-old son to school in the morning.

Darren McDowell was breathalysed after he crashed his car into the back of another vehicle.

McDowell, 35, of Kensington Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £120 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said McDowell was driving a Vauxhall Corsa, with his young son in the passenger seat on December 2 at 9.20am, on the resort’s Devonshire Road.

He collided with the rear of a car and then said he did not want the matter to go through his insurance company. This made the other driver suspicious and he called the police.

McDowell then took his son across the road to school. Police arrived and a breath test showed 47 microgrammes of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

At the scene McDowell told officers he had been drinking the night before and had stopped at 2am, but when interviewed in the police station he said he had stopped drinking at 6am.

David Charnley, defending, said his client had had a few hours’ sleep and no breakfast.

He had learned his lesson over the incident.