Iced up windscreen leads to ban

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
Have your say

A MATURE student who was stopped by police because his windscreen was iced-up was found to be over the alcohol limit.

Christian Dickson pleaded with police:“Can you not let this go? Can it not be forgotten about? This is my girlfriend’s car and I have taken it without her consent.”

Dickson, 31, of Everton Road, South Shore, admitted taking a car and drink-driving while disqualified without insurance.

He was banned from the road for 36 months, ordered to do 250 hours’ unpaid work for the community and pay £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Tracy Yates, proseucting, said police stopped Dickson in a VW Golf on Clifton Street, Lytham, to warn him about the dangers of driving with an iced-up windscreen on January 12 at 10.50pm.

A breath test showed 64 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit. He had one previous conviction for failing to provide a breath specimen for alcohol testing.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said Dickson had been staying at his girlfriend’s home and they had had some drinks. She went to bed and he realised they needed some things for breakfast.

He made the decision to take her car and drive to a nearby shop because he thought if he walked the shop would be shut.

Follow us on twitter @The_Gazette and like our page on facebook to keep up with all the latest news.