A carer who had never passed a driving test was caught committing his third offence of drink-driving when he went for a kebab.
Gary Tallett was more than twice over the alcohol limit and banned from the road when he was arrested by officers taking part in Lancashire police’s New Year anti drink-drive campaign.
Tallett, 53, of Lightburne Avenue, St Annes, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol while disqualified and without insurance.
He was sentenced to 13 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months with up to 20 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, put on an eight weeks curfew from 9pm to 6am, ordered to pay £85 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge and banned from the road for four years by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
The judge told him: “What you did was utterly dangerous and stupid and we can only all be grateful nothing worse happened.”
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said on January 3 at 12.45am police on mobile patrol saw Tallett driving a Citroen Picasso on Clifton Drive South, St Annes. He braked sharply and turned into Lightburne Avenue before stopping outside his address.
Tallett initially denied driving then admitted: “I have driven to Zeko’s for a kebab.” A breath test showed 78 microgrammes of alcohol – 35 is the limit.
When interviewed he said he had believed his previous four-year ban had ended. Tallatt said the car had not been driven for a few weeks so he decided to drive round the block. He had two previous convictions for drink-driving and driving without insurance and one previous conviction for driving while disqualified.
David Charnley, defending, said his client had clearly taken a foolish risk in driving after drinking beer. He was contrite and upset. Tallett had believed his previous ban had expired.
• A teenage thief was warned by a judge she would be jailed if she carried on with a life of crime.
Sophie Pope stole a bottle of wine only a couple of weeks after being put on a curfew by a court for five offences of stealing alcohol with a total value of £700 from the Lytham branch of Booths.
Pope, 18, of Harbour House, Dock Road, Lytham, pleaded guilty to an offence of theft.
She was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with £15 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
The judge warned her: “Any more offences of dishonesty and someone like me is going to send you to prison. This can not go on.”
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said in the early afternoon of December 13, a manager at Blackpool’s Marks and Spencer store saw Pope carrying a £10 bottle of prosecco wine out of the store. She was detained in Victoria Street and the wine was recovered.
Gary McAnulty, defending, said Pope had previously been put on a curfew order for five offences of shoplifting. She had stolen the wine a couple of weeks into the order.
Pope, who lived in supported accommodation and had a support worker to help her, had no alcohol or drugs problem. It was believed she had been under peer pressure to steal when she took the wine.
• A Nurse found drunk in a ditch locked in her car told police she had no recollection of driving.
Officers had to smash their way into the car to rescue Claire Taylor who was four times over the legal alcohol limit.
Taylor, a nurse at Chorley Hospital, was said to have taken to drink after suffering from depression on the death of her father and being diagnosed with HIV when she was pregnant.
Taylor, 39, formerly of Grange Road, St Annes, now living at Fairclough Drive, Tarleton, Preston, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
She was sentenced to a 12 months community order with up to 15 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, fined £100 with £85 costs, ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge and disqualified from driving for 29 months by Blackpool magistrates.
Lynn Sayers, prosecuting, said police got a report a Nissan Juke had crashed into a ditch on Division Lane, Marton, near Blackpool, on November 25 about 10pm.
Taylor was sitting in the driver’s seat and the car was locked. Police had to break the passenger window to get in and locate the keys which were in a bag on a seat near a half drunk bottle of wine.
A breath test showed 137 microgrammes of alcohol in her body – 35 is the limit. Taylor said she had been shopping in Preston then she went to the childminder’s but her mother had picked her child up. She could not recall driving to Division Lane.
Emma Naden, for the probation service, said Taylor became depressed after her father died five years ago and her condition worsened after she was diagnosed with HIV while pregnant and suffered from post-natal depression.
She had attempted suicide, spent time as a patient in a mental health hospital and was on anti-depressants.
Michael Woosnam, defending, told magistrates that his client, who had no previous convictions, said on the day of the offence she had had suicidal thoughts and had bought three bottles of alcohol.
Since the offence she had gone to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and was being treated by specialist in addiction.