Lights flasher forgot to put on handbrake

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A motorist who flashed his lights at a police patrol car was found to be two-and-a-half times over the alcohol limit.

Paul McLeod was speeding, he initially failed to stop when signalled to by police and his heavily pregnant girlfriend was a passenger in the car, a court heard.

McLeod, 32, of Furness Avenue, Grange Park, who owns and operates a games stall on Blackpool Promenade, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was disqualified from driving for 20 months, fined £300 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £30 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said a police patrol was at the junction of Dingle Avenue and St Walburgas Road on September 24 at 1.05am.

McLeod drove past in a BMW X5 and flashed his lights at police. The patrol followed him, noted he was speeding at 50mph and signalled him to stop.

At first McLeod did not respond, but then he stopped in Grange Road. He forgot to put on the handbrake when he got out and the car rolled away.

A breath test showed 87 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the legal limit.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client had intended staying the night at a friend’s house. An argument broke out and when McLeod tried to act as a peacemaker he was asked to leave.

McLeod’s girlfriend than turned up for a lift home.

He had stopped drinking hours earlier and was adamant he would never have driven the car, giving his pregnant girlfriend a lift, if he had believed he was over the limit.