Disruptive hotel guest had been drinking

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A hotel guest who was over the alcohol limit drove off after being unable to find his room.

Lee Wright had been hammering on bedroom doors at the Travelodge on Blackpool’s Seasiders Way, trying to find his own room where his girlfriend and five-year-old child were sleeping.

Hotel staff challenged him because he was disturbing other guests, so he drove off.

A staff member then alerted police because he had been drinking.

Wright, a 31-year-old water meter installer, of Lime Grove, Heywood, Oldham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 23 months and fined £300 with £85 costs plus £30 victim’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Barry Birch, told him: “It was a high reading and you were very lucky an accident did not come about.”

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said police were alerted to a possible drink- driver in an Audi on March 14 at 4am.

Officers stopped the car on Central Drive.

A breath test showed Wright was more than twice over the limit with 90 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Brett Chappell, defending, said his client had had too much to drink in the hotel bar and could not find his room.

He was banging on doors and staff said they would call the police because he was disturbing other guests.

Mr Chappell added: “He then acted very stupidly and drove off in his car.

“A member of staff reported him.

“He only drove a short distance. He has since realised he has a problem with binge drinking and got help from his GP.”