Drink-driver pensioner smashed window

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A pensioner who was over the alcohol limit smashed into a shop, causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Michael Sharrock’s foot slipped and he hit the accelerator as he tried to park in Blackpool.

Sharrock, 65, of the Promenade, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for two years and fined £110 with £85 cost plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Pamela Baldwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told Sharrock: “You presented a danger to other road users and to yourself.

“Your standard of driving was woeful.”

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the accident took place on March 31 at 1.30am.

The court heard Sharrock was trying to park his Honda Legend.

His car shot forward and crashed into the front of a shop owned by MNM Catering in Hunter Street.

The prosecutor added: “The shop suffered extensive structural damage and 
several thousands of pounds of damage was caused.”

A breath test showed Sharrock was almost twice the 
legal limit with 60 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

When interviewed by police Sharrock said he had been to Lytham for a meal with friends and he drank some wine.

He then went to a casino where he drank more alcohol.

He added that he was attempting to park when his foot slipped, hit the accelerator and the car shot forward into the shop.

He then reversed and parked on the other side of the road.

Sharrock told the judge: “I was trying to see what I was going when my foot hit the accelerator. The car was a write-off.”