Drunk driver hit police car

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A driver was more than twice over the alcohol limit when he clipped the wing mirror of a police car.

Normunds Bilnskis, a 34-year-old Latvian national who works at a food factory, of Wellington Street, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 18 months and fined £310 with £85 costs plus £31 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said on August 5 at 5.40pm two officers were in an unmarked police car on Blackpool’s Osborne Road.

One officer got out and then heard a loud bang. The officers saw a Volvo driven by Bilnskis had collided with the police car wing mirror and damaged it.

Bilnskis pulled his vehicle in front of the police car. A breath test showed 78 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

Adam Whittaker, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had lived and worked in Britain for the last eight years.

The night before the offence Bilnskis had been at a friend’s and drunk a large amount of alcohol into the early hours.

He then went home and slept late before decided to drive to a shop and get some food. He clipped the police car wing mirror as he was pulling into the shop.