Over the limit driver went to help his friend

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man was almost twice over the alcohol limit when he drove his car with his partner and young child to go and help a friend.

Robert Kerr got a phone call from a friend who was at home with two young children when their electricity ran out, so he drove to put some on his friend’s electricity key.

Kerr, 31, of Victory Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol without insurance or a 

He was sentenced to six months supervision, banned from the road for 20 months and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates. Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police stopped Kerr’s Ford Escort as he pulled into his home road on March 8 at 11.20pm because a young child in the back was not secured by seatbelt restraints. A breath test showed 64 micrograms of alcohol in Kerr’s body - 35 is the limit.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said Kerr had drunk some alcohol in the afternoon. In the evening he was phoned by a friend with two children whose electric had run out.

Mr Duffy added: “The friend asked him to come to his aid. It was in essence a mercy mission.”