A former tree surgeon has avoided going to prison after driving while more than twice over the limit with his children in the car.
Tony Frost was stopped after police received a tip-off about his behaviour.
Frost, 33, of Downham Place, St Annes, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.He had previous convictions for failing to provide a specimen for alcohol testing and drink-driving.
Frost was banned from the road for five years, sentenced to 12 weeks’ jail, suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police stopped Frost’s Vauxhall Astra on School Road, Marton, after receiving information he had been drinking on September 8 about 8.25pm. His two children were in the back of the car.
Frost admitted he had drunk four pints of cider.
A breath test showed 83 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.
Mitch Sarangi, defending, said that over the past few years Frost’s life had deteriorated, he had separated from his partner, and lost his business.
Mr Sarangi added: “Alcohol is the key issue here.
“He has made attempts to sort it out, but he needs help. His partner is aware of what happened, and he continues to have contact with his children.”