Motorist: ‘I put others at risk’

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A brewery manager who was grieving over the death of his daughter drove while more than twice over the alcohol limit.

Barnaby Woolcock had been out that night celebrating the news some friends had had a baby girl and it affected him, a court was told.

Woolcock, the North West sales manager for a national brewery, said he was usually out all day promoting drinking responsibly and after committing this offence he did not think the company would want him on the payroll.

Woolcock, 31, of Ormerod Street, Thornton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £110 with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police saw Woolcock driving a BMW on Breck Road, Thornton, at 2.25am on September 7.

He veered over the central line, had no rear lights on and one of his front wheels was wobbling.

A breath test showed 86 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Woolcock, who had no previous convictions, said he and his partner had lost their daughter in May last year and he had been greatly affected by it.

He said after going out to celebrate the birth of a daughter to friends,he made a stupid decision to drive. He added: “I realise I put my life and the lives of others at risk.”

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