Pensioner was three times over the limit

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A pensioner was three times over the alcohol limit when a shop assistant reported him to the police.

Ernest Whittle had tried to buy a bottle of value vodka at Tesco, Marton Drive, South Shore, Blackpool, but an assistant refused to serve him because he was so drunk.

Whittle, 66, of Harcourt Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and failing to answer bail.

He was sentenced to a 28 day curfew from 9pm to 6am, put on 12 months supervision, banned from the road for 24 months and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jim Clarke sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said a Tesco shop assistant refused to sell Whittle vodka because he was extremely drunk on January 19 at 2.10pm.

The assistant watched as Whittle got into a Clio which had already crashed into some railings and had its front bumper hanging off.

The police were called from the shop. Whittle approached a police car on Harcourt Road and skidded to a halt in front of it.

A breath test showed 103 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Malcolm Cartwright, defending, said: “His first words were that he had been absolutely stupid and he very much regretted what had happened.

“He retired a couple of years ago, had time on his hands and started drinking too much.”

Whittle was now getting help at rehabilitation and had not drunk since the incident. He had also scrapped his car immediately.

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