Driver found over limit in drink campaign

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A window fitter seen trying to do a handbrake turn was trapped during the police’s Christmas anti drink-drive campaign.

Marc Skelton, who had a passenger in the car, was also spotted driving erratically at speed and hitting a kerb, a court was told.

Skelton, 24, of Moss House Lane, Westby, pleaded guilty to driving with 
excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 22 months and fined £450 with £85 costs plus £45 victims’ surcharge by District Judge James Hatton sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Skelton was seen driving erratically in a Peugeot in the Squires Gate Lane area of Blackpool by police patrol on December 20 at around 12.50am.

He was stopped after being seen trying to complete a hand-brake turn.

A breath test showed he was more than twice over the limit with 89 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Peter Cave, defending, said Skelton, who had no previous convictions, was distraught at what had happened.

Mr Cave added: “He is a thoroughly pleasant young man who drank too much and made an error of judgement.

“I don’t think you will see him before a court again.”