Man caught driving over limit

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A former professional footballer was almost three times over the alcohol limit when police pulled him up.

Michael Davies, who played for Blackpool Football Club, was working as a carer at a children’s home at the time, but resigned from his job after committing the offence.

Davies, 48, of Welburn Walk, Thornton pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He was sentenced to 60 hours unpaid work for the community, banned from the road for 23 months and ordered to pay £45 costs by Blackpool magistrates.

Jane Yates, prosecuting, said a police patrol was parked on Hardhorn Road, Poulton on April 26 at 1.20am, when a member of the public told the officers the driver of a Renault Megane, which had just passed them, had been drinking.

The patrol set off after Davies who was driving in the middle of the road. A breath test showed 99 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the legal limit.

A probation report on Davies stated his life had spiralled out of control following his separation from his wife.