Driver couldn’t get out of his vehicle

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A MAN seen by police driving erratically struggled to get out of his car –because he had left the handbrake off, and still had his seatbelt fastened.

Jobless Michael Gaskell, 54, of Park Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a blood sample for alcohol testing.

He was disqualified from driving for 44 months, fined £100 with £85 costs and ordered to pay the £15 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Huw Edwards sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said that at 2pm on May 30, police saw Gaskell driving a Clio on Whitegate Drive. He was braking excessively and then accelerating away.

The prosecutor said: “The defendant stopped outside his home. He could not get out as he had not put the handbrake on. He again tried but could not as he had his seatbelt on.”

At the police station Gaskell failed to provide a blood sample for alcohol testing.

David Charnley, defending, said his client, who disputed a lot of what the police had said, had mental health problems. Gaskell took medication and walked with a stick.

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