Over limit moped driver, 18, ‘felt sober’

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A kitchen porter was over the limit when he decided to ride home on his moped in the early hours.

Ben Rawes, 18, of Ellesmere Road, Marton, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

He was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £140 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police stopped Rawes as he rode a moped on Park Road on October 25 about 3.10am.

A breath test showed 51 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said Rawes had been out, drank a relatively modest amount of alcohol and stayed at a friend’s house.

He went to sleep and woke in the early hours.

He felt totally sober and decided to go home.

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