Over the limit motorist drove over roundabout

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A gardener who had been Christmas shopping was found to be in excess of the alcohol limit after he drove over a roundabout instead of going round it.

Michael Abraham, 27, of Pinwood Avenue, Bispham, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

He was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £150 with £85 cost plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Meirion Lewis-Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Philippa Jones, prosecuting, said police stopped Abraham driving a transit van in Neville Road, Bispham, after seeing him drive over a roundabout on December 19 at 9.40pm.

A breath test showed 53 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

Tony Slater, defending, said his client, who had been Christmas shopping, was phoned by his girlfriend. She was upset, so he drove to see her not realising he was over the limit.

Mr Slater added: “The effect is going to be dire for him as he is self-employed landscape gardener.”

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