Drink-driver is a ‘danger’

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A drink-driver was told by a judge he presented a significant danger to others.

John Maughan was more than twice the alcohol limit when he drove with his girlfriend in the passenger seat.

Maughan, a 29-year-old car sprayer, of Rossendale Avenue North, Thornton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £320 with £85 costs, plus £32 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

The judge told him: “You presented a significant danger to yourself, your girlfriend and anyone else you came into contact with.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened on March 20 at 2.10am. A breath test showed 84 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Paul Robinson, defending, said Maughan drove to his father’s home after his girlfriend discovered she had lost her keys.

The couple went out and the girlfriend discovered she had lost her house keys. Maughan then decided to drive them both round to his father’s home in Lytham Road.