Drink-driver snared by tip

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A tip-off enabled police to catch a serial drink-driver.

Michael Ireland was caught after he was seen staggering to his BMW and its registration was given to officers.

He was tracked to his home and admitted committing his third offence of drink-driving. Ireland, 44, of Woodlands Road, Ansdell, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and failing to answer bail.

He was sentenced to eight weeks jail suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision to include a drink-impaired driver’s course, banned from the road for three years and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said police were told a man had staggered to a blue BMW parked in St Albans Road, St Annes, on July 9 at 10.20pm, and driven off. The caller gave police the number plate and it was traced to Ireland’s home. A breath test revealed he was almost twice over the limit with 69 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit. He had two previous drink-driving convictions from 2004 and 2006.

Peter Cave, defending, said his client was very remorseful and had got rid of his car.